English Homework:
Comic Strips

©1998 Gareth Pitchford

For this homework you'll need a small collection of comic books and/or comic strips. You don't need too many, the strips from a daily paper will do.

What I would like you to do is try and find the different ways that a comic uses text. Remember 'text' is just any form of writing. Look on the comic page opposite, you should be able to spot several different ways text is used. One of the ways that comics use text is in the speech bubbles. As well as text in the speech bubbles you should be able to see other writing as well. What does that writing tell you?

For each way a comic book uses text, write down some of the examples you spot and bring them into school with you.