Comic Criticism

Making comics is not only fun, but a great way to improve your critical thinking and analytical skills. Combining text and image into graphic narratives can help us synthesise and better understand the key points of complex theories or concepts discussed in a lecture or prescribed reading. This creative learning task introduces you to some tools and techniques to help you get critical with comics.

Critical concepts: cultural appropriation, postcolonialism, power, globalisation, Other.
Creative task: make a comic.
Author: Dr Jodie Taylor, SAE Creative Media Institute

Using Bitstrips, which I have linked to below, here is an example of three comics I created based on terminology and concepts covered in our Cultural Perspectives course. These should give you an idea of ways that you can synthesise a theory, concept or key point into an illustrated comic of you own.

Your Task

Following the examples above, your task is to create a critical comic of your own, based on concepts covered in our lesson on the West and the Rest. A list of concepts you might want to consider for you comic have been provided below as a guide, but you are free to choose a concept or aspect of the reading, or cultural text as the basis for your inspiration.
● Cultural appropriation
● Globalisation
● Cultural imperialism
● Othering
● Power
● Anglocentrism
● Post-colonialism
● Cultural homogeneity
● Cultural hybridity
Simply choose an idea that interests you, particularly one that you think is important to remember and try and summarise it in a comic frame or if you’re feeling adventurous, why not make a comic strip?
But before you get started, let’s take a look at a few other examples of cultural criticism presented in the form of a comic and discuss how effective they are at communicating an idea. Try to identify what makes them good or bad examples of critical communication.

And just in case you need a little more inspiration, here are a few more sources of comic critique.

Online comic creation tools

Try one of these free browser-based comic creation tools. – Comic Creating Community

stripcreator : make your own comic strips

And don’t forget that sharing is caring so pin your awesome creations to the class Pinterest board.