This semester in “The Secret Language of Comics” has been unlike any other semester. For starters, we worked with graphic novels, a form of text I am not accustomed to, and really took apart the meaning of each individual aspect. The main aspect where this can be seen is through the Sunday Sketch Assignments. For the first Sunday sketch we created an avatar of ourselves. I chose to make a digital one, where I utilized google drawings. I had never worked with that tool before but wanted to learn. When I made the sketch, I was in quarantine for having COVID, so I had an abundance of time on my hands where I worked to create the perfect avatar: a burger. Later, visual note taking incorporated seeing my notes in a visual form. I chose to turn a probability tree into a real tree. Believe it or not, it did help me gauge a better understanding of how the actual probability tree is linked. When studying for the final, I actually made another identical tree and added on other notes. Next, Professor Morgen had us make our first comic. I had never been assigned to really make a comic for class. When I was little, I am sure I made some very, very rough comics, but never anything that was supposed to be actually turned in. For mine, I made a satirical comic about a COVID denier who goes out, gets COVID, and takes his belief to his deathbed as he repeated “COVID is not real.” Later in the semester, another assignment was to recreate a movie scene. I saw this assignment and later was going on a boat ride with my friends. Obviously, It was super fitting to recreate the iconic Titanic picture. These new, unique assignments Professor Morgen assigned were super productive in the composition of new texts. I vividly remember a class where we went into breakout rooms and shared our literacy narrative 2: the longer comic. At the time, we were reading Spinning. My group finished sharing early and we began discussing the meaning and reasoning for why Walden included some very dark frames. Hannah and I got in to a back and forth, I was arguing it was to display a level of sadness. Because Walden showed an absence of color, I believed that it was to show that she had no one with her. Conversely, though, Hannah argued that it was to show optimism as the next page had light. That way, as you turn the page, her life gets better.
Throughout the semester, my writing definitely has improved. I credit that to a lot of reasons, but the main reason was the redrafting of the Literacy Narrative. In the beginning of the semester, Professor Morgen had us write an essay with the prompt: write an essay in which you analyze the key experiences that shaped the way you read and write. After writing what I thought was a pretty solid essay, I had a meeting with him. He tore my essay apart, highlighting my skills and weaknesses, addressing areas that needed improvement. After redrafting the essay for Literacy Narrative Three, I used his notes and addressed the problems he said I had. After reading the final essay next to the first one, it is like night and day. He wanted me to go more into detail on the interesting aspects and improve the flow of the initial anecdote. Side by side, the essays are like night and day. Moving forward, I will keep his advice and use it when writing my future assignments.
I want to give an in depth description of my Data visualization from everyday life. For this assignment, we had to “choose one concept in your life that you want to analyze, something that is not already easily and obviously measured, or doesn’t vary within the span of a day or a week. So, I chose to track five different, random categories from my everyday life. I tracked how happy I was with my previous night’s sleep, the happiness I felt towards my lunch, how satisfied I was with my lift, how satisfied I was with my social life in that day, and, lastly, how I feel mentally during the day. I graded myself on a scale each day and, at the end, put the work on a graph. The graph showed some trends that I would not have realized otherwise. For example, when I sleep and eat well, my lift is better; When I don’t have the best social interactions, my mental health grade goes down. I wanted to track aspects of my life and see how much they actually correlated. As a result, the most clear trend is between sleep and my lift. I tend to workout in the morning, so, if I am not well rested, the lift will see the repercussions. It being on a graph really helped me gauge an understanding of how much they correlated. Likewise, the link. One outlier is on day 7(April 2). April 2 was a Friday which explains several things. First, it shows the lack of lunch. I have no class on Friday so I was able to sleep in in. I missed lunch that day, but my mental health was still great. This is definitely related to the great sleep I had – seen on the.
This class has left me with a complex and new perceptive on how I view different media. Now, when watching a movie, looking at art, or reading a comic, I have keen insight on how to analyze different forms of media. For example, on May Fourth, I watched Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. I didn’t realize how much of a role color plays. Specifically, when Luke is on the verge of changing to the dark side, he changes from his usual outfit to an all black suit. With the insight I now have, I realized the reason for that; however, before, it simply did not occur to me.
Overall, this course has been a great time. I loved reading the different graphic novels, specifically Kindred. The course gave me a new perspective on how I view texts, and I can confidently say I understand the Secret Language of Comics