Archive for October, 2011

Lesson 3 (How Comics Work)

  • Scott McClowed  First started looking at how comics were traditional made.
  • Early comics were just wordless novels.
What is a comic?
  • Images in a deliberate sequence to convey information.
  • The arrangement of art and balloons in a sequence
  • Pictorial narrative were the words add to the meaning.
Comics have al sorts of layers from realistic to cartoon.
  • Sometimes in order to convey a story it does not have to be realistic as cartoon characters may be easier to show emotion though.
  • Comic may have had a influence on how information on our TV screens are shown now as we have show that we can understand lots of information in one box.
  • Comics have a close relation to film in the shot compassion, close ups ect.
  •  they often show minimal to save time e.g instead of showing a full tree just show the steam.
  • The communication theory the problem of getting information to another person, your message and know if they have under stud.
The History of comics.
  • In 1930 it was the star of transferable media with characters such as Popeye were going from comic to animation.
  • The first colour printing was very crud so they many characters used to have simple bright coloured clothing , the could be the start of the super hero uniform later.
  • In 1939 the super hero became more popular, also becoming more popular during the war as often such super hero’s were seen to be fighting Hitler. They were almost being loyal to the American way with such characters as Captin America.
  • At the end of the end of world war two the super hero character had become a little over played and people did not want this any more and sales began to fall.
  • To stop this the age rang of comics were change trying to bring in other audiences, with comic book writers indulging in other storeys such as horror and detective.
  • The american government did not like this as comic books often mad fun of Political people, this was also the high of the cold war and they were scared of the concept of the communist way of life. They did not want it to effect the American way of life so they bean to sensor comics.
  • Comic characters bean to be suttled sown and started showing the great way of the American life.
  • All the DC characters became boring and sales began to fall.
  • In the 1960 underground comic makers began to make there own comics unknown to the government so they could not be censored.
  • With the change of technologies comics and the way comics were designed was changing.
  • As DC and Marvel dominated the comic industry by about 80% with there super hero comics the under ground comic writers that were not censored began to find a niche in the market and started writing about other things such as the conflict between ideas.
  • Ghost world comic was not about super heroes stuff it was about real life issues.
Comics In Europe.
  • Tin tin and other comics in Europe did not have the influence of America and were often very serious.
  • They were not called comics as the word comic depicted them to be humours, they were called picture strips.
  • After the second world war the French had American influence and often used the hero concept.
  • As the French comic were aimed at adult a lot of intellectuals were reading them, so some of the comics were turned into films.
  • The talked about the concept the fourth wall.
To summarise post modernism has allowed character development to come from all different places, the old super hero character is no the only one being developed so there are more trans-media characters.

What Makes a Good Character?

Character development:

  • Realising the Purpose of the character e.g. is it for a Game, Film, is it a Horror ect.
  • Creating a story for the character to fit in.
  • Relising their strenghts and weaknesses as this could be usein the story e.g. – classic narrative structure.
  • After we realised these factors we have more of an idea of the Physical appearance.
Identification – Characters a audience can relate with really come to life.
Symbolism – If the character is uncomfortable with there hight they might have high heals etc.
Humour – We all like things that make us laugh.
Imagination – Awake peoples imagination, so the audience feels some anticipation
Reference – Once you are familiarly with your character do some research.
Sketch and Sculpt – Do some sketches so you are able to get a finalised image.

Lesson 2 ( Our living expenses)

Here is a spreadsheet to help me work out my living expenses.

Cost of living Oct

Lesson 1 ( how to get marks)

  • Do 20 Blog post on DFGA
  • What Am I doing
  • What is the industry doing
  • how do they stand out from their competitors.
  • Mo Films
  • DNAD
  • YCA
  • The 11 second club.

Lesson 2 ( Deleuze and Guattari)

This is a book wrote by a philosopher and a psychologist to give two views on new media and its effect on the world.

  • New Media cause’s us to have a slight case of schizophrenia as we have to act out more than one person –  we one identity on facebook – one with our parents – and with the advatising people who kep telling on how we should look, act and feel making us try and live up to expectations.
  • So then we feel we can not be ourselves and worrier about how people precise us.
  • They talk about that there is so much information out there how do we know what to think of it all, hard to have just one way of thinking.
  • Theory’s are Power structure, to try and get you to think like other people, maybe to be controlled – this way is right.
  • That there ins’t a limit to what we can think.

Lesson 2 (McLuhan and Fiore – The Medium is the Massage)

What does he say in this book?

  • The designer of the book designs the layout of how it wil be read the writer has no involvement.
  • Media is based on that Humans just like to communicate.
  • Media changes the way we think is things like elections, as they can present a image of someone.
  • It has change the life style we live with fast finger TV diner food.
  • People gathering round TV instead of fire.
  • There is this thing now called The Absent Presence – people are so far away eg. in a other country but they are so close because of things called Skype, Facebook.
  • Kid seem not to be growing up – now kids get pocket money, educating is extended.
  • There is a grater choise of music because it is more accessible – eg. Itune and we dont just have to listen to the radio.
  • We are now becoming more isolated from everyone, with our portable devices.
  • Bering in mind he is talking from the point of veiw of the 1960’s he thinks that young people are communicating though music and that old people are feeling threatened, as young kids befor were just seen and not heard but now they are starting to get jobs and a voice.
  • That we are going to live in a global village were everyone knows everyone’s business regardless of distance.
To sum up this book it is very detailed in what he is saying, with very accurate predictions to say he wrote it in the 1960’s and the computer age may not have even gone mainstream.

Lesson 1(how to gain marks)

  • Take Notes and attend all lessons 40% (Pass).
  • Do all exercises.
  • The SA– We need to show how to create an argument eg. different lenses make for a different interpretation of a story.
  • Our privet Blog can be made public for future employers to look at and see my public face.
  • Our tutor also has  Blog – (
  • First media was Vocal communication – first story  of how we live our lives.
  • Life storeys start every day, get up catch bus ect.
  • Performance Theory –  Act out are own lives.  Student me, work me, go out with mates crazy me.
  • Migratory character – The Hero?
  • When the media changes it can change the content.
  • Books can be interpreted in many different ways, protestants not wanting to be told how the bible should be translated and translate it for themselves.
  • Marshall McLuhan – Media is the message.
  • How sound changes film.
  • Relation ship with the screen eg. ipod cutting off from the rest of the world. Can a small screen still be Imersive.