Structure of a comic strip-
1- Let's investigate some sample cartoons...
a) This comic strip has 3 panels (in pink). Comic strips can have 1-5 panels typically. The spaces between the panels are called the gutters (in blue). We call the white balloons above the character a speech bubble and it is where the dialog is found.
b) Notice that a high level of artistic ability is not necessarily needed to be a comic artist. In a multi- paneled comic strip transitions from one panel to the next can show:
What types of transitions does the following comic strip show?
c) When there are multiple speech bubbles in one panel you read the dialog in order from the top most (& left) to the bottom most (& right) bubbles.
d) Comic strips can include characters that are human, animals or objects with personality and emotion.
e) Comic strips often keep backgrounds simple and, if in color, use only a few colors so that the artwork is not too busy and distracting from the funny content.
f) Comic artists consider colors and shading to create a mood or depict a character.
g) Motion & emotion can be shown with lines or symbols called EMANATA.
(Notice the physics comic strip is 3 panels in a vertical series instead of horizontal.)
(* All cartoons used were available for re-use as creative commons images. Attribution goes to www.webdonuts.com, snotm.com and crimesagainsthughsmanatees.tumblr.com)
2- Caption Challenge
For the following comics create your own funny captions or dialog for the artwork and with someone or click "share your work" in the navigation menu.
1. Add a caption or your own speech bubble(s):
2. Add dialog to the speech bubble:
3. Add a caption or your own speech bubble(s):