Graphic Novels and Visual Communications

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The assigned reading for this week was really cool! It reminded me a lot of some of the criteria I learned in a Children’s Literature course, mainly because of the placement of the pictures in relationship to the text. The text wasn’t as important, because the adults were more focused on it, while the pictures took up the majority of the page so that children would enjoy it. It also reminds a lot of the Visual Communications course I am taking right now. We are studying widely circulating pictures in the media right now, and the types of responses and affects they have on global audiences. I’ve always enjoyed looking at pictures with designed purposes to try and figure out what the message is.
Here is a famous picture of the Time Magazine featuring the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers. This picture works because it grabs people's attention with the color coordinations that Chip Kidd discusses: Time

Chip Kidd makes the covers of his books really interesting because they are so different from most book covers.
Book Cover Design

My personal favorite was the Batman graphic novel (mainly because I own the book and am a huge fan) because it really does make Batman seem like a mysterious figure. Most of the time, we as readers can relate to the protagonist of a plot line because we understand the story from their point of view. Although Batman takes up the cover of this novel, it creates distance from the reader because it makes him seem even more mysterious and un-relatable. This in turn peeks the public’s interest to want to know more about him by picking up the book. I feel like I won’t be able to look at movie posters and book covers the same after reading this excerpt.

Good is Dead, Go For Great

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