Paper 3: Graphic Novel Pecha Kucha

Strange_Attractors_Pitch_temp_cover__94106.1358477725.1280.1280 Using a modified Pecha Kucha format (Japanese for “chit chat”), you will create a  presentation on the graphic novel you chose – either Strange Attractors, Sailor Twain, or The Couriers.twain-cov-300rgb

So what exactly IS Pecha Kucha? It’s a presentation style that was created to go above and beyond the typical (and, sometimes, boring) PowerPoint slide show. While PechaKucha typically uses 20 slides, you will use 10 slides, each appearing for exactly 20 seconds, for a 3 minute and 20 second presentation. A small amount of slides can have words or phrases, but try to limit yourself.

CouriersWhat will you present on? You can choose almost ANY aspect of the graphic novel you are interested in and expand upon it – and include a personal response and connections (gasp!). Be creative, and have fun with it. Do remember, however, that this is a presentation where you will still need to show off your knowledge/reading of a particular graphic narrative, and that this is a chance to see if this presentation format might be of use to you in future academic settings.

What will you turn in? You will turn in one thing – an image list/sources page. This will be uploaded to Dropbox as a .pdf on the day you present. Here’s an example.

How will this be graded? Glad you asked. You know a rubric is involved, as always. Please note that you should not have a title slide! All 10 slides should be devoted to your presentation and be mostly image-based.

How do I set up the 20-second transitions? Jason B. Jones wrote a blog post on ProfHacker describing how to do this in PowerPoint, and here’s an example of how to do it in Keynote. Remember that the computers we use in the lab and in the classroom are PCs, so you will have to either figure out an A/V adapter or somehow convert your Keynote into a PowerPoint. I’d recommend just doing it in Power Point (or Open Office’s equivalent) to maintain your sanity.

Here are some student examples from Dr. Williams’ University of South Carolina Upstate class site, and one from the PechaKucha site.


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