Comic Books and Graphic Novels

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Comic books have arrived! "Comic Books and Graphic Novels" presents a survey of the Anglo-American comic book canon and of the major graphic novels in circulation in the United States today. Its governing question is simple: by what terms can we discuss comic books as literary art? In pursuit of that question it develops a theory of literary reading and time itself. Visit us at www.facebook.com/UCBComics or bit.ly/project10-4 to see some student-created comics from 2013!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 10 months ago
Love comics. I am a previous collector and have a number of the comics referenced in this course. This course was awesome. It was my third Coursera course. I have completed them all and have not been disappointed yet!!! Great Humanities course. Try it, you'll like it!!!
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6 years, 10 months ago
I have always been a comic book fan so this course was right up my alley. When encountered with the fact that we had to create a comic –and me not being able to draw to save my life– I was absolutely certain I would not finish the course. However, Prof. Kuskin and his team push you over your limits. It was a great experience, the course work and lectures are worth every second spent on them. This is by far one of the best courses I have taken.
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6 years, 10 months ago
I really enjoyed this course on Comic Books and Graphic Novels, as I studied Literature, I really liked the aspect of discussing Comics as literature and the place, where they belong in the bigger picture. The assignments were great, originally I thought them to be very hard to complete over the course of time designated to the course, but later I realized, that it makes me push harder on their completion as well as learn a lot about comics this way. The comic book project was really enjoyable. I would never even try to draw a comics before, but on this course I did and I am actually looking forward to the next offering of this course so I can try again.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
I have read and enjoyed comics for many years, but this was my first time doing any academic work on them. The MOOC has been a fascinating and enjoyable experience. A powerful and passionate poem about comics as literature, and about the importance of art.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
Good course! Learned a lot about comics history and origin and can understand what they are about. Didn't like to draw a comic myself
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
I love graphic novels and always thought I would like to write and illustrate one. From this course I learned SO much about the history of comics, which was fascinating. But the main thing I came away with was Kuskin's great rules which help in the crafting of a good essay! That surprised me that I would learn so much about how to write an essay. I really enjoyed seeing all the comics that other students came up with!!! That was amazing and worth all the work.
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6 years, 10 months ago
I've been a fan of both traditional literature and comics for as long as I can remember. Professor Kuskin and his team provided an excellent overview of the medium, covering history, technique, important works and even engaging students with their own comic work, making their own project during the course. Kuskin's critical analysis of the medium was a pleasure to first watch and then mimic during the essay assignments, and the tests were fair. I highly recommend this course actively to others.
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8/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
A great overview of comics, really gave a light reader like me a deeper understanding of the genre. Workload might be a bit more than he thinks, though, as the videos are packed in with tons of info to digest! Plus creating your own comic isn't as easy as I first thought. But it was a great experience!
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6 years, 10 months ago
I knew virtually nothing about the subject, which is why I took the class. I found it fascinating. The course prompted me to think creatively and to view comics as poetry. I got library copies of all the comics/novels and books on understanding and making comics to augment the class. The comics posted by others online were truly impressive. Bravo to U Colorado for supporting this course and to all the members of "Team Zero" for a great experience.
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6 years, 10 months ago
Professor Kuskin helped me a lot to create a professional comic. I appreciated his enthousiasm and his knowledeges, and he offered us valuable ideas in conceptual level. For me (not American) was difficult to learn the history of comics in a so short period (5 weeks); the material given can be a read later. This course, if given again, could fit in a longer period, with more examples of comic pages. Thank you all for this offer and the offer.Theodossia Bitzou.
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6 years, 10 months ago
I was a lifelong comics reader, but this was a whole new dimension of academic and historical perspective on the subject. This course, more than most MooCs really pushed me into some interesting topics to write about (the essay assignments are some of the most weighty I've seen) and the challenge of creating an original minicomic. The peer evaluation system could use an overhaul, but my interactions with the most engaged parts of this courses community were very positive.
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6 years, 10 months ago
I've always been interested in literature, comics and drawing. I've only taken one other course, and it was really fun, but I got a lot more out of this class possibly because of the combination of analysis and creative aspects. Also, Prof. Kuskin has such enthusiasm for the topic, it really is infectious. I dislike peer grading generally, especially having an essay graded by someone for whom English is not a first language. That being said, I do realize that MOOCs can't really function without peer review. I really enjoyed Kuskin's lectures and his enthusiasm. I also really appreciated his and Team Zero's direct interaction with students. Really a wonderful course. Thanks to all in involved!
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
It was my first curse in comics I ever took, before I used to learn alone from variety of books and own experience. I'm from Poland and here we have very limited access to curses like that one. It was really inspiring and I enjoyed lectures, every single one was well prepared and Mr. Kuskin seemed to really breath life in to each topic he presented us. Even though I live so far I felt like part of some sort of larger group. Curse it self helped me to look at my online work in new light and learn how to create better comics also discover new freedom which this tool give to author. A bit a bout comic industry it self, history and people who actually had and still have big influence at comic. I join curse late so I couldn't do all assignments but if I knew a bout page a bit earlier I would gladly participate in them too. Each one seem to be quite interesting and actually not boring at all. Most essays usually seem to be quite annoying t... It was my first curse in comics I ever took, before I used to learn alone from variety of books and own experience. I'm from Poland and here we have very limited access to curses like that one. It was really inspiring and I enjoyed lectures, every single one was well prepared and Mr. Kuskin seemed to really breath life in to each topic he presented us. Even though I live so far I felt like part of some sort of larger group. Curse it self helped me to look at my online work in new light and learn how to create better comics also discover new freedom which this tool give to author. A bit a bout comic industry it self, history and people who actually had and still have big influence at comic. I join curse late so I couldn't do all assignments but if I knew a bout page a bit earlier I would gladly participate in them too. Each one seem to be quite interesting and actually not boring at all. Most essays usually seem to be quite annoying task here we had variety of tasks we could choose from: essay,comic, own interview. Giving us choice does create new opportunity and there for allow us to learn more about comic and langue it self. Also we had useful tips from lecturer it helped me to understand subject. It was very positive experience :)
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
Fantastic blend of in depth comic examination and capturing the medium in a broader context. Professor Kuskin is both passionate and knowledgeable, and a joy to learn from. Anyone interested in fiction, be they comics aficionados or neophytes, would benefit from taking this course.
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6 years, 11 months ago
Prof. Kuskin offers a unique combination of great passion in comics and mastery of literature (being a Prof. of medial literature). Every lesson brings something new to the table and get you to *think* and revisit what you thought you knew about comics.
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