08/28

Class 01 - Course Overview; Elements and Principles; Exercise 01: The Person Card
 
Homework: Re-iterate person card with some form of imagery; Read Chapter 1 & 5 in Understanding Comics (UC)

09/04

NO CLASS – LABOR DAY

09/11

Class 02 - Brief Critique of business cards; Review Chapters 1&5 in UC; In-class exercise: The True Story Exercise.
 
Homework: finish story compositions from The True Story Exercise; Read Chapter 3, “Closure," in UC.

09/18

Class 03 - Critique of True Story Exercise work; Narrative Design lecture; In class exercise: refining the True Story.

09/25

Class 04 - Obtain research from social work students; in-class brainstorming and sketching;
 
Homework: Read Chapter 6 in UC. The reading week will help considerably with the sketching you began in today’s class. While reading, pay special attention to word/image interaction (see page 153). Remember when you're sketching that we want to have the words of the story be interdependent with your images. Some of the story will be present as words, but some of it can be illustrated through image. Make the call on which is the most effective mix in your particular story and work from there. 
Recall these words from McCloud in page 155:
"the more is said with words, the more the pictures are freed to go exploring and vice versa.”
Refine your sketches as a response to what McCloud is talking about in chapter 6

10/02

Class 05 - Photoshop tutorial: compositing images; Using different mediums; word/image interaction discussion per UC; Work in class.
 
Homework: Next week is Columbus Day, so you have two weeks to really flesh these sketches out and start creating compositions; Read chapters 4+8 in UC.
 

10/09

NO CLASS – COLUMBUS DAY

10/16

Class 06 - Telling a story with single and multiple images; conveyance; In-class exercise: flesh out sketches using GDP&E. You've made your story with separate images or sketches, now try to tell the same story in one image. Use space and placement to convey passage of time. 
 
Homework: Work on fully fleshing out sketches in whatever medium you have chosen

10/23

Class 07 - Work in class; Review for midterm.

10/30

Class 08 - Midterm – presenting work on stories. 
 
Homework: TBD reading from Layout Index by Jim Krause

11/06

Class 09 - Intro to Layout; In-class work: create an account on Pinterest; search for layout references.
 
Homework: Find and share your top 5 Pinterest layout references. 

11/13

Class 10 - References review; Class discussion about cohesive layout; Build layout template in InDesign; Typeface discussion.
 
Homework: prepare work with text and images in InDesign for pre-presentation critiques next class.

11/20

Class 11 - Pre-presentation crits for refined pieces with paired type; Cover design discussion; work in class.
 
Homework: we will be building the book in class next week. Please have your pieces refined and nearly complete. Also have your accompanying story text ready to be dropped in. 

11/27

Class 12 - Building the Book in Class; critique.

12/04

Class 13 - Work in class

12/11

Class 14 - Pre-presentation critiques.

12/18

Class 15 - Final Presentations