Archive for standardized test prep
I reference a fun, outside the box “party” summative project I do with my 9th graders in this comic based around the novel Code Name Verity… and here are some comics about that project.
This just showed up in my mailbox: A Harris Poll says that graphic novels are more popular now than both Westerns and chick-lit. Cool!
I don’t know whether this is oversharing or not, but I wanted to have it on the record somewhere that getting away from elaborate backgrounds (or as elaborate as my pen scratching can be) is a conscious choice. I’ve been looking at a lot of my favorite newspaper comic strips in the past two months and one thing I’ve noticed about them is their judicious use of background elements.
Part of this is function over form: newspaper comics get shrunk down to the size of postage stamps, so you don’t want a lot of noise in the background that takes away from the action of your characters… but I also think, in certain cases, it brings a certain elegance and focus to the ideas of a comic strip.
My reason for saying this is that I struggled with the first panel of this strip, and I guess I feel better pointing it out myself.