When in doubt, refer to the assignment page on the blog, but here are a few final notes on the autoethnographic comic assignment before you head off to create them over the weekend:


  • Remember to sign up on the googledoc if you need one of the iPads to compose your comic over the weekend.  Please list your first name and your dorm number, to help facilitate these being passed to your classmates on schedule.  Also, the three students who took the iPads from class today should identify themselves on the top of the googledoc…I remember names, but I’m unsure of who took #1/#2/#3 in the rush to leave (the number of the iPad is listed on the cover for your reference).
  • When not in use, please charge the iPads (and make sure the chargers provided get handed off along with the iPads).  Your classmates will thank you!
  • If you need to contact one of your classmates (re: being 5 min late delivering the iPad, or needing to trade time slots, for example), please do so in a timely manner via gmail, gchat, or moodle.
  • I am happy to answer questions about the assignment over the weekend, but please make a concerted effort to troubleshoot issues before emailing me…or, leave a comment on this post!


  • Consider why you’re being asked to create a comic, rather than record an oral history, or a compose a short film or vlog, or write a reflective paper.  In short, think about the affordances of the medium when creating your text: Can you convey something visually in a more dynamic way that you might via text?  How can the juxtaposition of text and image reinforce or complicate a point you’re trying to make?  Do certain panel layouts help you make a claim in a more compelling way than others?
  • If you’re feeling stuck creatively, go back to Bound by Law and the conversations we had in class today. Consider how it uses panel structure, text/balloons, collage, negative space, allegorical imagery, and so on to build a compelling argument, or provoke a visceral response in the reader.
  • One feature of the iPad Comic Book! app that I didn’t mention in class is the “FX” feature.  Click the “FX” button at the top of any photo you import into the app and you’ll get a menu that allows you to tweak the color and texture of the images.  If you’re importing photos, the “comic” option will give your photos a grain, comic book style for example.
  • HAVE FUN!  I’m asking you to reflect on the relationship between copyright and culture through a personal anecdote, but this isn’t a documentary- you can take dramatic license, and use the comic book form expressively.  Take this example, which plays around with superhero conventions and comic effects (Vrrrm!) to address copyright culture:

Don’t let the satirical “terms and conditions” fool you, Philipp Lessen’s comic is Creative Commons Licensed, allowing me to share it here (and you to remix it) with attribution.
Philipp Lessen, “Captain Copyright, Episode 12: Sharing is Evil.” http://blogoscoped.com/copyright/

Just as you would with any piece of critical writing, you need to devote some time to thinking through what it is you’re trying to say/argue, and how you can do so most effectively.  Centrally, your task here is to tell a personal story in a dynamic way, gesturing to broader points (or questions, or concerns, or debates) about how you view the relationship between copyright and culture.