Thursday, April 29, 2010

Free Comic Book Day - Extra Credit Opportunity

Free Comic Book Day

  • Saturday 1 May 2010 is Free Comic Book Day. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find a participating comic book store and obtain any one, or several, of this year’s free comic books.
  • Here comes the reading and writing part. In 600-1200 words in MLA format, you will rhetorically analyze the comic book (text) of your choosing. Remember, author, audience, purpose, rhetorical purpose, and rhetorical appeals used by the writer and artist (penciller), since comic books consist of both images and copy (see your notes and Visual Rhetoric PowerPoint if needed). Feel free to use the internet to find out more about your author. Remember to be as specific as possible when explaining your analysis (someone who likes The Simpsons might not like Japanese comics (Manga), for example, so be very specific), especially because comics are a written and drawn medium. Remember, you need to use evidence from the comic book itself to support your analysis. Excessive grammatical and punctuation errors will cause me to stop reading your essay and you will then receive no credit.
  • Once you’ve written your analysis, print it and bring it to me or my mailbox or post it on your blog and email me with a link to the specific post(s) about each comic book. Again, do not send me the link to your blog, but the specific address of the post. Students in online courses may submit via email or Google Docs.

Submission: Responses accepted as hard copy or blog posts (Google Docs for online only students). Non-blog responses must be in MLA format, stapled, etc. Blog posts should have spaces between paragraphs and students will need to email me a link to their post.

Potential Points to Earn: 10 points for each piece of writing. You can write an analysis of up to three different comics from this year's selection.

Due Date: 5 May 2010

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