Sunday, May 3, 2015

To Graph(ic) or not to Graph(ic)

So here we are, at the end of all things -- well, not really, but we are at the end of the semester. I've been asking everyone what they've thought about the idea of an English 100 course using all graphic adaptations -- first, as to the idea itself: what does it add? Is there a downside? And, while it may make understanding some kinds of literature easier to understand, doe that mean it's easier, or more fun to write about? Lastly, what about The Graphic Canon? Do you think that its adaptations offered consistent interest, and value for the price? One other option I'd considered was using a series of graphic novels rather than the three-volume anthology; the titles would probably have included things like Culbard and Edington's A Study in Scarlet, Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein, Art Spiegelman's MAUS I & II, and some free-standing graphic novels such as Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V for Vendetta, Lynda Barry's One Hundred Demons, and Derf Backderf's My Friend Dahmer. Would any of you have preferred a course of this kind, with fewer but more substantial graphical texts? I'd value your thoughts, and a response here will count for the class.