Close Reading Comics
Graphic novels can't be compared to anything but itself. They cant be considered comics because comics only range from 10 to 30 pages, nor can they be considered books because graphic novels contain illustrations. Graphic novels are simply its own category . There are many different elements that a graphic novel can incorporate to set a specific mood or tone. In the novel Heartburst, the illustrator puts a great detail of fantasy in each panel. A fantasy genre usually includes impossible settings, romance, dreams and a quest of some sort. The relationship between the illustrations and the text is they can work together to give the reader a better understanding of what is going on in the story, it can also set the mood and tone of the novel.
Just by looking at the cover of Heartburtst, the reader can tell what kind of genre they are getting into. The first thing the reader should notice about the cover is the main character Sunoco with his machine gun. The gun may represent the war aspect of the novel, letting the reader know that Heartburst will contain a lot of outrageous action. If the reader looks past Sunoco and more toward the background, the cover reveals a green female circus dancer, a blue glowing well with some sort of spirit floating above it, and a close up of a clown face in the upper left hand corner. There is also a destroyed brick wall located behind Sunoco. It has some sort of banner that reads “freaks” with a question mark shape around it. These small details gives Heartburst that fantasy vibe right from the start. The green circus dancer gives the impression of another sort of life form being part of the storyline, also the blue glowing well opens the question about spirits and dreams being incorporated. These illustrations should let the reader be prepared for a fantasy adventure.
After studying the cover, the illustrations throughout the novel are going to have that same fantasy vibe. Taking a look at page...