Going off grid: Comics and the communication of information

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Northumbria Room, Discovery Museum

Blandford Square

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 4JA

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A grid – as rows and columns of panels – is a typical but not inescapable feature of the comics medium. A four-panel structure is an established form, but the bits between the panels are equally important in giving space for the reader to read and think. A regular rhythm can be broken, and what might at first appear oppressive can offer unexpected possibilities.

Comics – as a medium of words and pictures in sequence – has come a long way from print to digital media. It can be easy to pick up and read, or make, a comic. Equally, it is easy to assume that comics making requires skills in planning, writing, drawing, and finishing techniques, and that comics reading demands an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Marvel universe. If you have these skills, great.

If not, great. You can get started with or without them.

This workshop looks at grid structures in comics, to support you to plan your own short comic.

- Introduction: infoblast of examples

- Discussion: explore examples of comics that respect or reject the ‘rules’ of grid structures

- Complication: what else is possible in a digital environment? How can the use of digital platforms reinforce, change, or escape a gridded layout. Is an Instagram grid, or a Twitter image preview, a comic?

- Provocation: using a selection of grid templates, plan and make your own comic to communicate something that matters to you. You can choose to start with paper or digital templates. Off-grid paper and pens are provided, and we encourage a ‘come as you are’ approach to digital media: use your own smartphone or other devices.




Facilitated by:

- Lydia Wysocki, Research Assistant, Newcastle University, and founder of Applied Comics Etc

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Northumbria Room, Discovery Museum

Blandford Square

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 4JA

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Creative Fuse North East – unlocking the true potential of the creative, digital and IT sectors to drive innovation & growth of the region’s economy.

Creative Fuse North East is delivered by the five regional Universities and will help create new means by which to release unrealised potential within the Creative Economy and broader business communities. Creative Fuse North East will equip organisations with new creative confidence and capacity to develop innovation partnerships and ways of working, in order to respond to the challenges that matter to them.

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