Schedule

Week 1: September 10 & 12

Introductions: syllabus, requirements

Tech set-up: Wikis, blogging on WordPress, Bitstrips, Twitter, Dropbox

Diagnostic essay on Thursday

Week 2: September 17 & 19

FABLE_NEW_EDITION_CoverReading due on Tuesday: Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud (excerpts available on BlackBoard under CONTENT). Read chapter 1 (1-23), chapters 5-9 (118-215).

Analyzing comics

Reading due on Thursday: Fables Volume 1.
First responders: post by Wednesday night on Fables to course blog.

Researchers: post by Wednesday night on Fables to course wiki.

Second responders: post by Friday night as comments (or separate post entirely) on course blog.

Week 3: September 24 & 26

2500_400x600Reading due for Tuesday: Ex Machina Volume 1

FIRST READERS (group 2): post by Monday night to course blog

RESPONDENTS (group3): post by Wednesday night to course blog

RESEARCHERS (group 4): post by class time Tuesday to course wiki

Drafting & thesis workshop on Thursday

 

Week 4: October 1 & 3

DMZ_-_On_the_GroundPaper 1 first draft due Tuesday, editing workshop: BRING TWO COPIES OF YOUR FIRST DRAFT TO CLASS ON TUESDAY

Paper 1 final draft due by the start of class on Thursday, saved as a pdf file and deposited on Dropbox

FIRST READERS (group 3) post 250-word responses to DMZ by WEDNESDAY NIGHT on our course blog.

RESEARCHERS (group 1) post sources by CLASS TIME ON THURSDAY to our course wiki

RESPONDENTS (group 4) post 250 word comments based on class discussion or in response to first readers by FRIDAY NIGHT on our course blog.

 Reading due for Thursday: DMZ Volume 1; “Blood in Your Eye: Why We Need Violent Stories,” by Warren Ellis

 Week 5: October 8 & 10

1462_400x600Reading due for Tuesday: first 6 chapters of Watchmen, library research trip on Tuesday

MEET IN E-101B IN THE LIBRARY AT 10:30 FOR CLASS ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8

Reading due on Thursday: rest of Watchmen

Week 6: October 17

FINAL DRAFT OF PAPER 1 DUE ON DROPBOX BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15

class on Thursday onlyMIDTERM EXAM on DMZ

 Week 7: October 22 & 24

Research mini-workshop on Watchmen on Tuesday – bring sources to class (2 scholarly, 1 not)

Drafting workshop for Watchmen on Thursday – bring outline

 Week 8: October 29 & 31

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Paper 2 on Watchmen ROUGH DRAFT DUE IN CLASS (BRING TWO COPIES TO CLASS)

Reading due on Thursday – chosen graphic novel (Strange Attractors OR The Couriers OR Sailor Twain) – introducing Paper 3 & PechaKucha project

Post First Draft of Paper 2 on Watchmen to Dropbox by Friday, November 1

 

 Week 9: November 5 & 7

twain-cov-300rgbPechaKucha workshop – creating and practicing presentations

Final draft of paper 2 on Watchmen due within a week of receiving edits

 Week 10: November 12 & 14

Couriers

PechaKucha  Presentations

Source & Image lists due on Dropbox the day of presentation

 

Week 11: November 19 & 21

Responses to Watchmen movie adaptation & Screening

Articles to read, choose on and read it for Thursday:

 Week 12: November 26

Article workshop – breaking down movie articles (class on Tuesday only)

 Week 13: December 3 & 5

Tuesday: FINAL EXAM, IN CLASS, responding to the movie adaptation and graphic novel for Watchmen (open book, have the article you chose in Dropbox).

Thursday: Edit-a-thon, final exam FINAL DRAFT is due by the end of class as a .pdf on Dropbox.

 Week 14: December 10

Course wrap-up, grade conferences – drop in to my office, M-120, H, between 10:30 and 11:30 to receive your grade and sign-in. THIS IS A REQUIRED MEETING. You will be marked absent if you do not show up, and your grade will be impacted.

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