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Illustration Research

A research guide created for students in the illustration program at Lesley Art + Design

Intro

Sequential art is a term that is often used interchangeably with comics, though it also encompasses other forms of art, including animation, story boarding, children’s book illustration (see Picture Books for more info), and game design.

In comics studies, sequential art is a term proposed by comics artist Will Eisner to describe art forms that use images deployed in a specific order for the purpose of graphic storytelling (i.e., narration of graphic stories) or conveying information.

Webcomics

Webcomics, thanks to their independent nature, are incredibly imaginative and varied. They are typically hosted alongside other webcomics on sites like Tapas, WebToons, and Tumblr. While the social media-esque attributes of these sites are helpful for distribution and marketing, some creators choose to establish their own separate site for their webcomic, in order to maintain full creative control over presentation.

Website builders such as Wix, Weebly, Wordpress, and Squarespace use drag-and-drop functions and limited coding (if at all) to create websites. Hosting and domain name fees differ between sites. Website builders typically offer free trials.

Zines

Zines (pronounced "zeens") have a long history. Zines are self-published booklets, typically folded and stapled copy paper, printed cheaply for the purposes of disseminating information or sharing personal work. Zines are incredibly versatile. According to this article from the ZineWiki, they were associated with punk, feminism, science fiction "fanzines", and underground subcultures. The self-publishing aspect of the zine helped circulate movements and ideas.

Today, zines take various shapes and sizes, produced to different degrees of complexity.

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