Final Reflective Memo
Right from the beginning of the semester when we all found out that this was a comic based class, some of us were surprised and some were smart enough to look into the section they had registered for; I was on of the ones who was surprised. At first, I was a little nervous about the idea of doing comics but then I thought that this is something new for me and I could actually learn something from the class. Well, it turns out that I was right about that. This class has taught me a lot of things that I wasn’t even remotely aware of about comics. It was a very interesting class and I really enjoyed it.
Before this class, I never knew that there was such a large variety of different comics. Now I know that there are graphic fiction, graphic memoirs, historical and so many other numerous categories. Needless to say, I was very unfamiliar with all of the comic book genres. This class really was an eye opener and in the end actually taught me a lot about something totally new to me. I’ve read a few comics but mainly stuck to Calvin and Hobbs and small comics in the newspapers. I was never one to get into a series of comics or anything else partially because I didn’t really think there were many comics other than the ever so popular super hero ones. So being that my familiarity of comics was so low to start with it was hard to understand the complexity of them at first. This semester really made me look into comics and doing the in class exercises where we looked at a comic and then discussed them as a class really helped because some people who knew comics very well gave some good insight. Another part of the class that really helped out was the discussion boards because if there was something that I didn’t understand or if I didn’t understand the comic I had my classmates comments to see what they thought about it. The discussion boards also give you an idea about what other people think about comics, so when we created our own ones I had a better idea about what to expect my audience to think of my comic. I really enjoyed having many comics up on Blackboard learn because there was a wide variety of good comics that I could reference when I was in a stump when creating my own. I could easily juts go on to Blackboard and see what other artists would do with a comic, for example, that was simply pictures and no words or one with one or two words per frame. So these class activities really helped when I was developing my own comics for the two projects we had.