Telling Stories with Pictures

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Introduction to graphic narratives

Chances are that your introduction to literature as a child was in the form of a picture book. You might remember cuddling up to mom or dad with a storybook on a rainy day.  You probably had your favourites that you wanted to have read to you over and over again. 

When you began to read on your own, it was these same illustrated books, such as The Gruffalo, Green Eggs and Ham, or The Very Hungry Caterpillar that you were most likely to grab from the shelf.

There is a reason that our first experiences with words come accompanied by pictures. Drawings not only say more than words alone can, they can depict a scene in ways that words never will. 

Words have their strengths also.  They can distinguish between perplexed and confused, between smoke and steam, more readily than drawings.  That is why, for many years, storytellers have employed both words and visuals to colour and shade stories with the detail and nuance that the storyteller has in mind.