It took me awhile to figure out which artifact I would like to look at for a research project. With the help of this week’s lecture, I decided that I would like to look at comic books and graphic novels. When Professor Galey talked about close reading of artifacts, it made me think back to my courses that I took a few years ago, which focused on comic books and cartoons. We learned and practiced close reading of these texts, but I never really had the chance to look at texts of my choice. So, I think if I had to focus on artifacts, I would choose comic books. There is a lot that can be taken from these texts, even before opening them, such as the appearance of the text. For instance, one can examine and analyze the size, colours, thickness of the cover and back pages of the comic books, and some really interesting conclusions can be drawn from this analysis.
I realize that a lot of comic books are being published online and in digital format, which is not surprising at all, since everything is becoming digitized nowadays. I think it would be quite interesting to do a close reading and critically analyze comic books and strips in this format. One would not be able to easily analyze the cover and the back of books as done with print texts, yet, there are other aspects to consider. For instance, in terms of reading a comic book online, how many pages can be shown on the computer screen? Can you see the entire page without scrolling down? These are a couple of questions that I would ask if I was researching digital comics, but these would obviously not be relevant if I was looking at comic books in print. Regardless, either format that the comic books are in would be a fascinating research experience!