Sunday, November 25, 2007


Hi Guys,
I'm almost finished the editing process, I've seen alot of great work so far! I've been trying to think up a title for this project, all I've come up with so far is 'BLANK: A Comic Book Glossary.' Any ideas for what BLANK could be? I personally like KABLAMO, but I don't think it makes alot of sense. Or if anyone has any other ideas I'd love to hear them. Also, wait till you guys see the art, it's quite awesome.

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Friday, November 23, 2007


Or Tuesday

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Hi everybody,
I've recieved terms from the following people:














Which means I'm still waiting on:
Jason K
Emily C

I've sent an email to Jason, but I cannot read Emily's email address, does anyone have it?
Don't forget to send the term of your choice to the illustrators if you haven't done so already, their email addresses are lower down on this blog.
See you guys monday,

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Joanna's Final Definitions

Hello Patrick,

Here are my final definitions. I also emailed them to you. Please let me
know if I need to change or fix anything.


A Japanese term representing a cultural phenomenon first appearing
in Japan in the 1970s. The term literally means cute and childlike and is
known for having a playful aesthetic that can be easily marketed. Kawaii is
often expressed through images and can usually be seen in Manga and chibi
style art. The nature of Kawaii is to appeal light-heartedly to youth
audiences while providing an endearing form of nostalgia in adults.

"Cute" A Dictionary of Modern Design. Jonathan Woodham. Oxford University
Press, 2004. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Simon Fraser
University. 19 November 2007

Biographical Comics:

A Biographical comic is the chronicled re-telling of someone's life in an
informative and symbolic manner by means of illustrated imagery. Such comics
differ from biographical novels in both form and content. Biographical
comics allow the writer to tell a story based on real life utilizing the
framework of comics. This is accomplished through the use of page
structures, symbolic imagery, varying or monotone color schemes, few or much
text, as well as the manipulation of other aspects of form.

"biography" The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature. Ed.
Margaret Drabble and Jenny Stringer. Oxford university Press, 2007. Oxford
Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Simon Fraser University. 19
November 2007


Color is the visual perception and experience allowing one to differentiate
between otherwise indistinguishable objects. Color influences art through
various aspects of the appearance of the artwork, including lustre,
luminosity, hue, saturation, brightness, darkness, shade, tint, intensity,
warming and cooling, weight, and, texture. The intended affect of color use
is to solicit an emotive experience for the reader or viewer of the comic
while producing symbolic meaning(s) beyond the text. Depending on the author
and illustrator's intent, color can also be used to direct the readers'
attention to or from the text.

Harold Osborne "colour" The Oxford Companion to Western Art. Ed. Hugh
Brigstocke. Oxford University Press, 2001. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford
University Press. Simon Fraser University. 19 November 2007

Gay Robins "Color Symbolism" The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. Ed.
Donald B. Redford, Oxford University Press, Inc., 2001 Simon Fraser
University. 19 November 2007

Egan, Andrade. "The Colors of Emotion." American Ethnologist 1.1 (1974). Pp
49-63. JSTOR. October 28, 2007.

Miriam Webster dictionary ( color.

Action Drawings:

Action Drawing is the use of illustration to capture the motion being
performed by an object or figure. Through manipulations of form such as
lines, curves and color effects, the intended movement is graphically
displayed to the reader. Actions drawings are meant to sway the viewer's
focus from the character's physical appearance to what the character or
object is accomplishing through mobility. These drawing effects facilitate a
strengthened visual perception of movement and force on the image. Action
can take place in as few as just one or even several panels on a page and
can be in the form of simple or complex movements.


"action" The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy. Simon Blackburn. Oxford
University Press, 1996. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.
Simon Fraser University. 19 November 2007

Simple vs Complex Drawing

Simple line drawings are often ambiguous and do not directly resemble
reality or real world objects. Simply drawn images are frequently one
dimensional and limited in color usage. However, in comics a simple image
can represent something complex using symbolism and the abstract or
ambiguousness of the drawing. In contrast, complex graphics can range
visually from one to three dimensional images tending to more accurately
represent real world scenes, objects(s) or person(s) in an illustrated form;
oftentimes reflecting reality so well that little effort is needed to read
the artwork, or the story behind the text. Through these two drawing styles,
authors and illustrators are able to create a story within a story.

Honig, W.K. and Gregor Fetterman. Cognitive Aspects of Stimulus and Control.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (1992). P 4-5.

"complex adj." The Concise Oxford English Dictionary, Eleventh edition
revised . Ed. Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson. Oxford University Press,
2006. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Simon Fraser
University. 20 November 2007

"simple adj." The Concise Oxford English Dictionary, Eleventh edition
revised . Ed. Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson. Oxford University Press,
2006. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Simon Fraser
University. 20 November 2007


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

illustrations reminder

Ann with some updates and reminders on the illustrations!

1) please email us your terms by THURSDAY (NOV 22nd).  We want to start on these as early as possible (aka Thursday evening) because we need to email these to Patrick on Sunday.  

2) for those in sonia's group (please see previous illustration blog for groupings) her email is:

3) how we are going to submit the illustrations:
the illustrations will be scanned or done on the computer so we can send it to Patrick by email (in whatever file format we prefer).  After emailing, he will put it together with the definitions.

I think that is all...if there are any concerns, just post a reply or email me! (

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Form Project

Hey Guys,
Just a reminder as to what needs to get done for next class. Hopefully on tuesday you will all have your definitions finished. Bring hard copies to class in case we have time to peer edit. I would like to have all the terms for Thursday so I can start editing them (and I know the illustrators want them too), so if we do peer review, could you make sure that any changes are made promptly. One things about the definitions themselves: I think we came to a concensus in class that we would avoid using direct quotations from any source, paraphrasing instead. So please include a works cited list with any relevant sources when you submit the terms.
PS If you have any questions please email me at, I'll be out of town till Sunday but will get back to you before class on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007


A few things on the illustrations---please read!!

1) the illustrators are: Lauren, Ann, Crystal and Sonia.  We will be doing 5 illustrations each, so 20 illustrations in total.

2) we divided whoever is doing terms into groups.  Please look below for which group you belong in:

- Jen P
- Jason K
- Courtney V
- Joanna S
- Stephanie Y

ANN ( )
- Erin E
- Emily C
- Logan H
- Caitlyn D

- Neil K
- Melissa C
- Alice K
- Michael L
- Kristina G

SONIA ( please tell us email! )
- Emma P
- Meena M
- Feducea D
- Juliet K

3) Please email us your terms by NOVEMBER 22ND (THURS)---!!!!   If there is a term you need illustrated or want illustrated, please tell us (with a description if you like).  If there are no preferences, we will just choose what to draw.  

4) We have not discussed how to submit the finished product.  Patrick, should we give the drawings to you once we are done?  Should we submit them electronically or paper copy?  Should we give it to you on the Monday or Tuesday when it is due?