Student guide chapter 2: Every Picture Tells a Story
Chapter 2 uses gag cartoons to show how image and text interact in comics. In this section you’ll find student gag cartoons for you to print out and add funny captions to. You’ll also find examples of the homework as well as a link to a gag cartoon contest.
Questions to ask yourself
- What are some of the ways words and images interact in comics?
- How might the meaning of a drawing change when combined with different words?
- How might a combination of word and image create humor?
- Think of some of the single-panel comics you've run across: What was their function (humor, political commentary, simple illustration, a combination, other functions)?
Supplies you will need
- sheet of office paper or sketchbook paper
Optional but recommended
Nothing extra this time
Once you get good at writing captions for your fellow students, try your hand with the big boys at the New Yorker—they run a cartoon caption contest http://www.newyorker.com/humor/caption/
Charles Addams, Chas Addams Happily Ever After: A Collection of Cartoons to Chill the Heart of Your Loved One
Peter Arno, Peter Arno
B. Kliban, Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head and Other Drawings
Gary Larson, The Complete Far Side
Joel Smith, Steinberg at the New Yorker
Robert Storr, Raymond Pettibon
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