Graphic Novel Review: Bailey Tompkins

The graphic novel that I chose to read is Displacement a travelogue, by Lucy Knisley. This novel is about a young girl named Lucy who goes on a Caribbean cruise with her grandparents. Lucy is from New York and never desired to go on such a desire. Along the way she accompanies many adventures. She becomes closer to her grandparents while also being reminded that they are growing older. Lucy encounters many fun adventures on the cruise, but most of all her time on the cruise allows her to find herself.

Displacement a Travelogue, by Lucy Knisley, pg. 23

The iconography used within the novel is very evenly spread with words and images. The images and text appear to look hand-drawn which makes the comic feel like a diary. There are lots of text bubbles and the use of color is very significant to the emotions that the author displays. Some specific concepts from Scott McCloud include the relationship between words and images. On page 23 of Displacement a Travelogue, the relationship between words and images can be described as Duo-specific. Duo-specific means that both words and pictures send essentially the same message. This page illustrates duo-specific relationships because the items taken out o the bag are all labeled with words to re-emphasis what they are so if we separated the words from the picture it would still send the same message separately.

The Right Number (Part 1), by Scott McCloud, panel 34

After reading web comics by Eroyn Franklin and Scott McCloud, I noticed many differences between web comics and printed comics. Something that struck me as especially different when reading a web comic was that by not being able to see the entire page or “scene”, I noticed that I predicted what was going to happen next more often than I do when I read a printed comic. The concept of time frames is way different in web comics than in printed comics because in printed comics you have the choice to leave it up serious viewer participation and interpretation, but in Scott McCloud’s “The Right Number”, the reader had no say in what frame appeared next.

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