Notes / 26 October 2022
Instructions for a Small Group Discussion on Here and Boundless
At this point in the semester, we are transition from Here (2014) to Boundless (2017), and we’ve developed a robust toolkit for describing, interpreting, and analyzing what we see in comic pages.
Both Here and Boundless present graphic narrative in unconventional ways, so I am interested to look for points of affinity: 1) the ways this break with (or not) established conventions, and 2) the way they both express meaning through a sense of the reader’s point of view.
In a small group (about 3), first read through the first story in Boundless, “World-Class City,” or re-read it. Then, please discuss and respond to the following questions. Be prepared to share or summarize your conversations with the larger group.
- In Here, where are we, the reader? How does being in that place evoke different emotions or express different ideas? Does it feel intimate? Voyeuristic? Invasive? When and how?
- Skim through the rest of the book, or look up other examples of Jillian Tamaki’s art online. How is “World-Class City” different from or similar to those other works, and what does that difference of style convey?
- In “World Class City,” where are we, the reader observing things from? How is this different from what we’ve seen before?
- Who is the narrator in “World-Class City”?
- Is the “World-Class City” a real place? A metaphor? How do you feel about this world-class city by the end?
- Imagine yourself as the writer of "World-Class City" and you're preparing a script for the artist. How would you describe certain of these images in order to produce the drawings we see here?