V For Vendetta

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-The graphic novel form complicates V because it gives you a lot of information at once that you must absorb and retain.

-Without the artwork you would not have as much detail about the characters' appearances or the setting,

-Symbolism is hidden throughout the novel within the artwork. You would not get as much information or foreshadow is such a discreet manner is a purely written novel.

-Themes and plot would also have to be portrayed differently if V was not a graphic novel. This is because the visuals would not exist to help form and build the conflicts.

-Without pictures V would not have been as good of a novel. The complexity that the graphic novel form allows is what made V for Vendetta such an intense read. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, and in this case I believe that's true. In a regular written novel form V would probably be at least 2 times as long because each image is so informative and crucial when portraying key elements in the plot.

-I copied specific frames from the novel as examples of how the artwork truly does inform the reader without saying a word.


-Moore uses color in a few ways. Some of his scenes are drawn with color as emotion; others are set by their color schemes. The tone helps portray setting, time and sometimes just to create a feeling.

-In these frames Moore uses a blue color scheme, almost black, to depict the time of day. The dark colors indicate that this scene takes place at night and the clouds give you the feeling of a storm approaching, literally and figuratively.

-These scenes are colored in a red scheme. This is not just because Moore felt like it, it is for a reason. The automatic word associated with the color is love. He plays on this color affiliation response often throughout V.

-These frames are used as setting. The multi color completes the disco idea, but it also gives you a sense of fantasy, which is intended. Evey is supposed to feel safe and "in another world" with V in these scenes.


-Scott McCloud examines lines and the way they are formed. Then he translates them into feelings and actions. The type of line used to draw a character, especially their face, also holds meaning in V.

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