This is my six-panel comic adapted from T.C. Boyle’s “The Ape Lady in Retirement.” I tried to have the content of the individual frames influence my choice of framing. Also, because I struggled last week with the interdependent form of text/image interplay, I tried to make all the panels in this comic in that style. I think I nailed it.
For this week’s assignment, we had to demonstrate our proficiency in utilizing different types of interplay between text and pictures, as outlined in Chapter Six of Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. The four types I used were:
Word specific, where the image does little more than reiterate what is described in the text.
Picture specific, where the image tells the story and the text simply enhances the visuals.
Parallel, where the image and text appear disconnected.
Interdependent, when an unspoken third idea is created by the meaning in the text and picture.
Here is my single image with four different captions:
I wrote this piece of flash fan fiction for my Collective Storytelling class. I’ve never felt compelled to write fanfic, although I respect writers who do. For this experiment, I was originally going to do a fairly cynical piece titled “Ginny Weasley and the Quarter-Life Crisis,” about an eighth year at Hogwarts where Ginny is dating the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher Harry Potter. She freaks out because without Voldemort there’s no reason to do anything, and she realizes that she goes to the only high school in the world where NO ONE HAS SEX.
In the end, I decided against this piece. I wanted to write something from my heart, the way that true blue fan fiction writers do. I chose to retell the end of the controversial Spider-man arc from 2007 — One More Day — in which Peter Parker makes a deal with the devil to save his Aunt May’s life in exchange for his marriage to Mary Jane Watson and 20 years of series continuity. Although my version nullifies every issue of Spider-man since One More Day, it stays true to the characters and the integrity of the series.
And besides, those new issues suck anyway.
Spider-man. What little boy wouldn’t want to be him? A nerd, a social reject, incapable of talking to girls, Peter Parker managed to turn his whole life around when bitten by a radioactive spider, imbuing him with super strength, super reflexes, and after the tragic death of his Uncle Ben, a super sense of civic responsibility. Spider-man went on to save the world countless times, marry a supermodel, and become one of the most iconic creations in the history of comics, in the highest echelon with Superman and Batman.
But the most alluring aspect of Spider-man is his web shooters.