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Creating Comics: The P*I.E. Process
Marek’s Current Project: The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby
NATIONAL PARK COMICS:
(1.1) RESEARCH: Find your national park @ NPS.gov >>
Collect some facts, dates, & important details about your park:
- What makes your park unique?
- What’s most important for a visitor (or reader) to understand?
- What other sources of information can you find?
LOC.gov: Materials: “National Parks” >>
LOC.gov: “Mapping the National Parks” >>
(1.2) RECOMMENDED = PICK A CHARACTER: Choose a “main character” who can represent your park. Think about the animals, people, & other natural elements that live at (or visit, or compose) the park. Which of them will best hold a reader’s attention?
- Try cartooning your character(s) using the F.A.S.T. storytelling elements.
- Could a “non-living” thing be a main character?
(2) SPLASH PAGE: Create a single-panel page to introduce your park (& main character).
Make sure it accomplishes these 3 tasks:
- Catch the eye!
- Teach us about a character (or setting).
- Make us curious enough to keep reading…
(3) 3-Panel Story Page: I usually start my stories with the “SETTING+ACTION+RESULT” approach.
NATIONAL PARKS DAY 1 (24 May 2022)
INTRO: “CARTOON” + “COMICS”
WARM-UP: Cartooning our park “characters” w/ the F.A.S.T. Storytelling Elements! (SEE ALSO: What F.A.S.T. looks like when working with a source text >>)
SPLASH PAGE: Pick a park character & let them do their thing!
OCTOBER 2021 POSTS:
Introducing important terms: CARTOON & COMICS!
Setting + Action + Result:
Here are some pages from Freeman Colby Vol. 2 that use the S+A+R approach: