Everything you need to understand or teach Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner.
Comics & Sequential Art shares Will Eisner's decades of experience producing comic strips and books and teaching this neglected subject.
Comic strips and books are "a successful cross-breeding of illustration and prose," both visual and verbal interpretive skills in the reader/viewer. Because the sequential artist and the reader must share life experiences to communicate, the artist must recognize and render universal forms. The sequential artist deals with space and time. Balloons frame speech to make sound visible and measure time. Their shapes convey the character of sound and lettering reflects character and emotion. Panels (or boxes) are used to move a reader/viewer through time, suggesting the duration of events by how symbols and images are presented. The number and size of panels contribute to story rhythm and the perceived passage of time. The creator must "see" how the reader/viewer will recognize his/her intent, control his...
Comics and Sequential Art Lesson Plans contain 117 pages of teaching material, including: