Blog #9 Graphic Novel Review : Ana Maria Alaniz Mendoza

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To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel Author: Siena Cherson Siegel Illustrator: Mark Siegel

During the month of October, I read To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel, written by Siena Cherson and Illustrated by Mark Siegel. The main character of the book was a girl named Siena. Throughout the story, her dance journey and life are explained in depth. Personally, I loved this book. It took me back to my childhood dance years for the first time in a while. The iconography on each page is very playful and descriptive. Some of the panels show the characters with simpler faces, for example, the eyes are dots and the mouth is a line. Others go into more detail in the eyes which conveys emotion very effectively. A black stroke consistently outlines each character and object, which creates a cartoon and childlike atmosphere. The colors used are also bright, almost a more pastel theme, and there is a lot of variety! Overall, I think Mark Siegel chose to illustrate with a lot of action to action graphics so that readers could feel like they were dancing as they read. Scott McCloud touches on this in chapter three of Understanding Comics.

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The Project Cycle and The Thing – Two parts of a comic series called Wild Times Project by Eroyn Franklin. They is a screenshot from this website: https://www.wildtimesproject.com/eroyn-franklin/

While reading the different comics in a digital format, I was most intrigued by Eroyn Franklin’s use of background themes that tied multiple stories together. Since scrolling on a website has a way of breaking up visual content that viewers see in one place at the same time, I think implementing a background to back up each comic helped form closure in a way I hadn’t thought about as much in print format. The screenshot on the left is an example of how two small stories came together in an obvious way while sharing a simple-yet descriptive background.

About Ana Maria

My name is Ana María Alaniz Mendoza. Currently, Washington State University is where I'm working towards a double major in advertising and digital technology/culture.
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