My post is about a young man named Kevin who has a crush on this girl named Marlene. There’s two different paths the reader can take. A scenario where she likes him as well. Or a scenario where she doesn’t like him. Whichever one the reader chooses they get different scenarios on what to say to the girl in each case. Choose a scenario that doesn’t get you the result Kevin is looking for makes the reader have to start back from the beginning. Choose the right one he wants and the reader keeps progressing through the story.
This is my rough draft for my final project
First thing I want to say about the PRY app is how it’s an affordable app.It’s not expensive and is worth the $2.99. The second thing I want to say is I didn’t even know there was an app like this where it had interactive stories like that.
What I liked about this app was the detail of the camera work and the settings. There was a lot of details in the scenes and it help made the story pop out more for me. I also liked how it used people and it wasn’t drawn cartoons. For me I feel like I wouldn’t take it too serious if it was cartoon stories, I would’ve probably liked it still but I wouldn’t have taken it serious. Another thing I liked about PRY is how the reader can interact with the stories. For me this caught my eye because it forced me to actually to do something with the stories besides read it lol. But it also made me feel like I was apart of the stories there.
For me personally I only checked out the prologue, the first story, and the second story. However I will end up reading the other stories as from what I’ve seen they are interesting. And I did pay money for it so it would be a waste if I didn’t read it lol.
The story I chose to look at was Alan Bigelow’s “How To Rob A Bank” I found this story interesting to read because you had to use the arrows and space bar to keep going through the story. Something else I found interesting about this story was it really wasn’t about robbing banks but more about Sarah’s diary and raising Alexandria and her complicated relationship with her husband Robert.
The symbols Bigelow uses throughout his story helps bring out the story for me. The use of using the family and babies symbols makes it feel like a lighthearted story. It makes me forget that they robbed a bank and live at the house they live at now. Another thing I like is the use of the diary and calendar as it shows Sarah documenting her life.The symbols also keeps the story interesting for people to read and keeps you wanting to read
For me the way I could use symbols to make my story more eye grabbing. However also making sure the symbols match my story. Like if it’s a story about me cooking I would use cooking utensil symbols.
My visual narrative about my morning routine of running three miles
In my comic I showed an average grocery shopping day for myself. I broke them into three sections with me before I actually go into the store. The second section is me being in the store. And the third section is me on my travel back home.
The first image being me walking out of the door of my room to head out. The second image is me leaving the apartment to head to the grocery store. The third image is me reaching me the grocery store which is Fred Meyers.
The fourth image is a bag of broccoli into my basket. The fifth image is mushrooms in my basket as I really like mushrooms. The sixth image is me buying these vegan egg rolls I really like. Oh yeah by the way I’m vegan.
The seventh image is me walking out of the grocery store with my purchased items. The eighth image is me in my car about to head home. And the last image is me about to eat the food I purchased.
The example I chose from Understanding Comics is show and tell. I chose to do this one because I like to show people things and explain the significance of them. For example people ask me what do I eat since I’m vegan. And honestly I’m pretty boring when I shop for food. I simply just broccoli, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, and those vegan egg rolls. If I feel like eating something besides those I’ll buy veggie sushi or a vegan cookie or something.
For me I never was really into comics growing up. I would sometimes read the comic strips in the news paper whenever my grandpa got the Oregonian. Also sometimes on social media people will post pictures with short captions on them creating a story. Showing a progression of a beginning, a middle, and an end. Or they’ll post all the pictures and then the person looking at the pictures has to read the caption of the whole thing. Besides these examples these are my only experiences with comic book type writing.
What Understanding comics by Scott Mccloud inspired me to do for our next project is really make sure whatever I write for my story, the characters are relatable for the reader. “StoryTellers in all media know that a sure indicator of audience involvement- is the degree to which the audience identifies with a story’s characters” (Mccloud 42). For me this is important because I like to write stories that the reader can relate to or show emotions for as they read it. Those emotions can be feeling happy for them, or mad at them, or sad at them. What I’m also inspired by is to really use the background for my story. Instead of just focusing on the drawing (if I do decide to draw pictures) of just the main characters I want to also add details to the scene around them. Like the trees, or the sky, etc. To me that’ll help the story pop out more and show the realism of the world the characters are in. But I’m excited for this next project as we’re allowed to use images unlike the typographic one.
From doing a quick overview of Diagrammatic Reading and Great Rock n’Roll I like they way these are presented. For me personally I have never heard of typographic storytelling and was kind of nervous to see how these work, but I’m actually excited to do this.
In the Diagrammatic Reading, Johanna Drucker showed a way of writing one by having the words spread out, all different sizes, or have it start on the top of the page and then go to the next page. Start the page all the way at the bottom. Or even start it at the middle. When I first checked it out I thought my laptop glitched out and all the words weren’t appearing or something.
With Great Rock n’Roll, Jennifer Egan told in her first slide what she was going to be talking about in her piece. She used arrows to transition what she was going to talk about next after each topic. When she explained her stories she didn’t use much information. Just pretty brief explanations. I also really like how colorful she made her slides. It made me want to keep reading and kept me focused on the page. I also liked how she used arrows to show things connecting.
From checking both these pieces it in inspired me to do a slideshow as I can design and make it color as I want. It’ll also probably be the best option as I’m familiar with power point. I also want to mix in the use of using big and small text as I enjoyed the way that placed on the pages as well. With a mix of not doing too much explaining of my words, but just keep it short and simple so whoever is reading it doesn’t get bored.
With this type of style of writing you can be creative as you want. From the way the sentences are structured, to the color used, to how long you want it to be. The choices are all there. So with this you can really express your words with not just the letters on the page but it’s surroundings.
There was two short films I checked out. I watched Small Deaths and 160 characters. The first one I checked out was Small Deaths.
Small Deaths was a film that starts with a young girl playing while her mom helps her dad get ready for work. He’s not really interested in talking as he’s just trying to leave for work. When he leaves the mom and girl watch him as they have sad looks upon their faces. The scene transitions then to the girl playing with a friend in a field. They come across of boys being rowdy as they watch them. The girls continue playing when they stumble upon a cow that has been injured by the boys. The girls look at the cow with a expression of sadness while the cow looks back at them. The scene transitions to the young girl who is now older. She walks into an apartment and goes into the kitchen where she sees a group of friends huddled around a girl who appears to have overdosed. They yell at her to get help. That’s when they start laughing showing they have just pulled a prank on her. One friend is visibly upset and leaves the friends and tells the girl to come along as well ending the film there.
The next film I watched was 160 Characters. The story is about a young woman who finds an old Nokia phone and starts telling about the time she used to date this guy. She ends up getting impregnated by him. That’s when he goes missing during different parts of the story. She ends up having a son and the man is still missing out of their lives. He ends up seeing the son one time as she says she didn’t get a photo of the occasion. He ask for a test to see if it’s really his son. It is his son, but after that he decides to go missing completely as now the son is 15 years old and the mom is still raising him by herself as she teaches him the world.
The conflict I got from both these stories is the sense of feeling lost. With the girl from Small Deaths you can feel the sense of her feeling lost as she tries to understand why the things around her are happening as she experiences the things in the movie. With the mother from 160 Characters she’s trying to figure out why the man doesn’t want to be in the picture and want to be apart of the family. However both of them gain of sense of just walking away from the situation as you might not be able to fix it you don’t keep pondering on it and just keep moving in life.
For me what these film provoked in me is the sense of letting go. Instead of getting caught up in a situation and trying to get confirmation. Just keep going as the answer doesn’t matter It’s like what Andre 3000 said in the song “Rosa Parks” “You focus on the past, your ass’ll be a has-what.” Meaning to me don’t focus on the past, but just keep moving forward as there’s better things ahead.
The patterns I seen from both films is the harsh reality of growing up. Growing older can be hard for most people as they try to find themselves throughout life. It also shows people getting caught up with the past and trying to figure out why certain things happened. But what they learned is to keep going or don’t let the situation they are in bother them.
Fargo a story that can resonate as an Aristotle tragedy. “Again, Tragedy is the imitation of an action; and an action implies personal agents, who necessarily posses certain distinctive qualities both of character and thought; for it is by these that we qualify actions themselves, and these-thought and character-are the two natural causes from which actions from which actions spring, and on actions again all success or failure.” (Aristotle 11)
We see this in the character Jerry as he needs money from Wade to start up his own car lot. Which Wade won’t give him the money, so he hires two kidnappers named Carl and Gaear to kidnap his wife Jean who is the daughter of Wade. He sets this plan up so he can tell Wade that Jean has been kidnapped and that the kidnappers need 80,000 dollars. He says this amount because he’s going to give Carl and Gaear 40,000 and for them to split. Even giving them a car from his lot to use. He’ll keep the other 40,000 because that’s how much he needs to start his lot. For Jerry he doesn’t see anything wrong with this. He doesn’t realize the danger he’s putting his wife in as he’s stuck on his dream. A good example of him not realizing this is when he comes home to realize she has been kidnapped. Instead of showing himself being a little worried he is shown practicing how he’s going to call Wade about this.
Aristotle writes in his book, “An action which is one and continuous in the sense above defined, I call Simple, when the change of fortune takes place without Reversal of the Situation and without Recognition.” (Aristotle 19) This is what happens in Fargo as everything starts unavailing itself as when Carl and Gaear are driving with the kidnapped Jean back to their cabin they’re stopped by a highway patrol cop. Gaear kills the cop and a family who drives by and sees them. Bringing in Marge who is the chief and is pregnant as well. She goes searching for the killers as she goes into Minneapolis interviewing people that had contact with them from calls on phones or checking in at motels. While this is happening Jerry is trying to convince Wade that he needs to be the only one to give the kidnappers the money as that was their words. Wade is not giving in and when the day the money is needed to be given he goes and gets killed by Carl not before shooting him and grazing his face with a bullet. Jerry gets to the spot and sees that Wade has been killed but doesn’t show too much worry. He goes back to the cabin where he sees Jean has been killed for her constant squealing. He splits the money with Gaear and gives him the keys to his truck as he’s going to keep the stolen car for himself the car. Gaear wants the car which causes them to get into an argument. Carl leaves the cabin with his money to take the car, however Gaear comes charging out of the cabin with an axe and kills Carl. Marge ends up interviewing Jerry twice. The first time asking about the kidnappers car being possibly stolen from his car lot. He denies it. The second time she comes back in and ask the same question, however Jerry gets hostile and angry. He leaves to go do a car count just to find out he was leaving to escape to South Dakota. The next day when she’s leaving Minneapolis she spots the kidnappers car in the woods. She sees Gaear shoving Carl’s body into a wood chipper. He notices Marge and tries to run and gets shot. He ends up getting arrested and Jerry is found in South Dakota and gets arrested as well. With the fate he wasn’t expecting.