Narrative structure

image of a speech bubble, like those used in comics, containing symbols which might be used in a comic strip

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?

Text alternative

This is a comic strip with six frames telling the story of a man fishing happily on a jetty when suddenly he is confronted with a problem. Disappointed, the man leaves the fishing spot but, along the way home discovers a solution to his problem.