Lesson 1 (from Section 1 (1A-11B))
The graphic novel is a narrative work in which the story is conveyed to the reader using sequential art in either an experimental design or in a traditional comics format. The objective of this lesson is to examine how the writing style of this section reveals the genre of Asterix the Gaul as a graphic novel.
1) Class Discussion: What is a graphic novel? Begin with a discussion of this now popular genre. Identify elements of a graphic novel in this chapter. What do you think of this statement by Andrew Mueller of Time Out, "A cartoon drawn with such supreme artistry, and a text layered with such glorious wordplay, satire and historical and political allusion that no reader should ever feel like they've outgrown it...It is absurd that these wonderful books were ever out of print, and it's great to have them back?" Is...
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