Comics Project #2: Primary Source Perspective

Comics Project Outlines

Use these projects to kickstart comics creation in your classroom!

DEMO PAGES & PROJECTS:

The Freeman Colby Series

Drawn from the diaries, letters, accounts, & sketchbooks of eyewitnesses to history!

Freeman Colby: From Primary Sources to Comics

Samples of some of the many primary sources featured in the graphic novels.

PROJECT SEQUENCE: prep | day 1 | day 2 | day3

PREPARATION:

DAY 1: MARKUP SOURCE TEXTS + RESEARCH

Here’s how I read & markup my primary source texts:

Hospital Cat 1: Finding F.A.S.T. in Primary Source Texts

Here’s a collection of various text & visual sources from a single project:

Freeman Colby: From Primary Sources to Comics

DAY 2: PENCIL A PAGE OF COMICS!

Yes, I know — Easier SAID than DRAWN!

Recommendations for Artists:

  • Start with a single page of comics (2-4 panels).
  • Keep the artwork simple — Stick figures are fine!
  • Use your source quote as the text.
  • Draw a little something to go in each panel…
  • Experiment! See what happens!

The P*I.E. Process:

Pencil the entire page, test it on a reader, & then ink it before moving on to other pages.


Basic Page Templates >>


Here’s how I move from primary source text to panels & pages of comics:

Hospital Cat 2: Drawing Panels & Pages from Primary Sources

DAY 3: EDIT & INK, DRAW MORE PAGES…

As we finish our first pages, we have several options to choose from:

More Demo CURRICULUM COMICS | SET UP a COMICS WORKSHOP

Published by Marek

Cartoonist, musician, teacher.

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