7:48 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons
Hello, all. I hope you are ready for some time with the comic strips, but it’s not their content we are looking at, although you may read as many as makes you happy. We are looking at how their authors structure them. Comic strips are structured like poems. Each window is a stanza; they have a beginning a middle and an end; somewhere between the beginning and the end there is a turn towards the end. More important, is that the good ones convey some truth about the world, or people, or life, in a very few words and images.
What about epic poems, you ask. Graphic novels.
What I want us to try, is to find a comic we want to use as a starting point, a kick off. You do not need to pay any attention to the content except as a general idea, but you may have a specific thought sparked by what you read. Then, structure your poem much like the comic. If there are other things you notice, repetition, sensory details, tone, anything, incorporate those.
Compose your poem. If you use something from a physical newspaper, tell us the strip’s name and a little about the one you chose; if you find your source on the computer, give us a link to the comic so we can see what started your poem.
You say you are caught by a one window cartoon. That’s fine. You will deal with a stanza-less poem. Look to see how the author structures the message and use those techniques.
For those reading this and asking where on earth they can find a comic strip, I am giving you the site my sister-in-law uses.
I shall probably, possibly, see you Thursday for a couple of links and Tuesday for an image prompt. I know the calendar says pot luck. We’ll make the image the pot luck part.
Happy writing, everyone.