Graphic Novel Review: Korie Cedre

The graphic novel I had chosen to read during this semester is “The Imitation Game, Alan Turning Decoded,” by Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by Leland Purvis. In summary, I enjoyed the story as it was a recognizable one, and the illustrations were in soft colors which I thought was a nice detail as it matched with the setting of the graphic novel’s story. I also thought it was neat that food items and the technology being worked one throughout the graphic novel were used to represent something, such as a situation or time. To continue the discussion of the iconography in my chosen piece, I believe they chose to do drawings that seemed hand drawn then digitally scanned so that it matched the tone and setting of the story, being a serious one and within the 1950s. At times the frames were all in a shade of gray, to either represent a sad remembrance of a moment, as well a past time. The iconography was also more detailed than cartoon style, perhaps used to portray a more “cinematic” and “serious” perspective when reading. Referring back to the fruit and technology used to represent a variety of things, the artist and author were able to set different senses of closure. One is action-to-action and they are often working of the technology themselves within the graphic novel or having a conversation, and the other is to represent the passing of a long period of time, being scene-to-scene. When discussing the lines in this graphic novel, I believe the decision to keep the lines rational and conservative was made to keep a consistent tone and show the severity of the ongoing situation. However, there are accidents that do happen within the novel that involves electricity or currents inn which when these moments happen, the decision to make the word balloon with sharp edges is made to show the static of the situation, or to raise volume to the character’s reaction to the situation. Similar static appearing symbols can be seen as well for moments like this. Unfortunately, due to the current situation, I had chosen to turn in my graphic novel into the library before break and the closure of everything, so I am now unable to provide a new photo. With this, below is an image which can also be seen in my blog post #5, chosen to represent the earlier mention of fruits as symbols.

“The Imitation Game,” a graphic novel by Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by Leland Purvis about the life of Alan Turing (Ottaviani and Purvis, The Imitation Game, Abrams Comic Arts, 2016, pga 220-221).
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