MS1 comics

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    • anchorage - barthes used this to describe how images are explained and 'grounded' by captions in separate boxes
    • archetypes - characters who are fundamental and recognisable (naughty kid or wise old person)
    • comic strip - sequence of frames that relate a narrative with pictures
    • Hero or villain (binary oppositions) how do we know this?
    • frame size - not uniform
    • Gutter - the space between the frames, the reader fills these in mentally
    • Lines (determinative lines) -  showing movement
    • language and sound effects - 'pow' 'aargh!' 'crash' are used and are often onomatopoeic
    • linking text (explains the movement of action between frames) 'suddenly...' 'and then...' 'when...'
    • Mise-en-scene - objects and composition in a frame eg. colour, light, angle, settings
    • narrative structure - possibly todorovian with an initial equilibrium or perhaps subverted/alternative
    • Names - reflect personalities eg. Beryl the peril
    • neologisms - new made up words
    • NVS - non-verbal communication (facial, body language, posture)
    • Omission - the narrative space in between frames which is not explained
    • Speech and thought bubbles - shapes reflect emotion eg. shouting - jagged
    • Stereotypes/conforming to them or challenging them
    • text boxes - explains what is happening in the gframe aka captions

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