A comic consists of a number of separate scenes joined together sequentially to form a story.
Comics often follow the same problem-resolution narrative structure as a TV show or movie. As a comic has only a limited number of frames, every drawing needs to show an event significant to the narrative.
Look at the comic and think about the following points:
- What is the problem?
- How is it resolved?
- How are speech and thought bubbles used?
Read the following description of a comic strip.
Frame 1: A man stands alone on a jetty stretching his arms out in contentment and smiling. He thinks to himself, 'Hmm I fancy some fish'.
Frame 2: The man sits at the edge of the jetty and says to himself, 'This looks like a good spot', and begins to fish with his rod.
Frame 3: The man hooks a big fish and says, 'Wow, what a beauty'.
Frame 4: A park ranger arrives and confronts the man, who is carrying the freshly caught fish. The ranger points to a 'No fishing' sign and says, 'Sorry sir, you cannot take fish from this lake'.
Frame 5: The man passes a fish and chip shop in his car on the way home – giving him a great idea.
Frame 6: The man sits at a table smiling contentedly and says to himself, 'Mmmn yummy fish and chips'.