SWC 200 - New Media Writing
Section: 001 Infinite Canvas: Web Comics and Internet Self-Publishing
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Sweetland Writing Center (SWC)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
Course Note:
In this course students learn how to integrate new technologies into their writing. Depending on the specific topic, it incorporates a variety of media, including Power Point, websites, electronic portfolios, visual texts, blogs, podcasts, audio, and video. The emphasis of SWC 200, however, is not on the technologies themselves. Rather the course focuses on how writers can use rhetorical strategies to write effectively with new media.
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Digital illustration and web comics have been a part of internet culture since before the introduction of sophisticated GUI (graphic user interface) protocols in the mid-1990s. From T.H.E. Fox in the days of Compuserve and FTP to Netboy to the development of webcomics hosting services like Comic Genesis, inventive illustrators, designers and writers have recognized the unique potential of the internet to create, publish and distribute products that find their origins in print culture but have grown with and adapted to the increasingly sophisticated nature of digital media. In this sense, Infinite Canvas tells the cultural and technological story of the Internet via the history of web comics themselves.

In this class, however, students will not only trace this history, but learn how to manipulate contemporary design and web publishing tools to create their own web comics; the course will culminate with each student's publication of a hosted and fully realized web comic, one that demonstrates facility with digital rendering, animation and design. The course will be divided into historical/conceptual units (including theory of visual media, history of web comics, the business model of self-publishing and the online web comics community) and production units (in which students will familiarize themselves with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and web hosting services) that will progress from the creation of single images to strips and panels and finally multi-"page" or animated visual narratives.

No prior familiarity with design software or web comics is necessary; nor is a background in fine arts. Interested students need only have a willingness to explore the opportunities presented by the fusion of word, picture and motion. All are welcome!

Students will be evaluated on their ability to produce (and reflect upon the production of) increasingly complex web comics. Students will also be evaluated on their ability to contextualize their efforts in the form of written essays and "production diaries" as well.

SWC 200 - New Media Writing
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001 (SEM)
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40639
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TuTh 5:00PM - 6:30PM
002 (SEM)
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40643
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W 5:00PM - 7:00PM
004 (SEM)
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40651
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F 1:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (SEM)
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40649
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5
W 5:00PM - 7:00PM
007 (SEM)
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43587
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9
F 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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