The Eisner’s Guide

In Graphic Storytelling and Visual NarrativeEisner provides a simplistic understandable guideline material for methods of storytelling, and developing your based components to express your story. The book will display various techniques in storytelling, and the how to sustain an audience’s attention throughout the course of your story. When you initiate the process of creating a story according to Eisner you, “A wide range of stories can be told in the graphic medium but the method of telling a story must be specific to its message” (Eisner Chapter 5).  What this principle is trying to establish is you need a story telling method which fits your story idea. By understanding which story telling technique fits your unique aspect you may begin your storytelling.

Once you develop your based components for a story idea you can possible use the slice of life story telling technique. A slice of life story is inspired from real life experiences which are used realistically in your story.  Due to the slice of life style dealing with real experiences with internal emotions for character development Eisner states, “The writer counts on the life experience or the imagination of the reader to supply the impact of the story” (Eisner Chapter 5).  The reader will be able to recognize and relate to real life events creating a comforting and understandable story for the reader.

After you’ve developed your story telling idea and style a key situation is created in which you need to keep the reader interest. Eisner will guide you through this process with the idea of “reader control” (Eisner Chapter 6). One of the most common indefinite methods to keeping a reader’s interest if using the idea of surprise. The reader will be faced with an unexpected situation in the story creating interest in wondering what will happen next. Eisner says, “This is reasonably easy to do because the audience is a spectator that can see only the events shown exactly in the order in which they are displayed” (Eisner Chapter6).  This means if the reader doesn’t skip through the story there will always be opportunities to surprise the reader with an unexpected situation and keeping their interest.


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