BANNED!

ART 217: Comics Art and Literature 2019

Course theme: Banned and Censored Comics

Jay Olinger, Spring 2019
Portland Community College
Texts: 
    • A Contract with God by Will Eisner, ISBN: 978-0393328042
    • Barefoot Gen Volume 1 by Keiji Nakazawa, ISBN 978-0867196023
    • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, ISBN: 978-1596437746
    • Black Hole by Charles Burns, ISBN: 978-0375714726 
    • Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes, ISBN:  978-0375714696 
    • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, ISBN: 978-0375714573
    • Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, ISBN: 978-1607066019
Lesson Plan:
    • Week 1:
      • What are comics? Exploring definitions, brief history, and introducing terminology. 
      • Why are comics banned? Exploring censorship, introduce CBLDF.
    • Week 2
      • Comics History Part 1
      • A Contract with God discussion; emphasis on page layout and panel composition.
    • Week 3
      • Comics History Part 2
      • Manga Overview
      • Barefoot Gen discussion; emphasis on manga traits (compare to A Contract with God)
      • Importance of bold and italics in comics (hand-lettering versus  comics sans in Barefoot Gen)
    • Week 4 (Guest Lecture from CBLDF)
      • Visual, or Formal Analysis Overview 
      • This One Summer discussion
    • Week 5 (Midterm Visual Analysis Essay Due)
      • Production Overview
      • In-class materials exploration
    • Week 6
      • Black Hole discussion; emphasis on feathering, visual weight, and page layouts in relation to the horror genre. 
    • Week 7 
      • Ice Haven discussion; emphasis on the use of style in storytelling. 
    • Week 8 (In-class presentations on a banned or censored creator)
    • Week 9 
      • Persepolis discussion; emphasis on autobiography and international comics.
    • Week 10
      • Saga
    • Finals Week (Final Mini-Comic Due)
      • In-class peer assessment of final comics.