Comic Strip Assignment Rubric

Comic Strip Assignment


A large part of the research process is the ability to synthesize information you find and incorporate it into your own personal knowledge systems. This assignment is designed to prove your ability to synthesize information gathered during research by condensing it and using it in a different format. Your assignment is to create a comic strip highlighting some aspect of a topic of interest to you. This comic does not need to be humorous in any way, but if you can make it so, we would appreciate it. If you do not possess artistic talent, do not worry, we will guide you to resources that will help you with this project. Read the general guidelines below for more specific information.

Grades Based On:

  •  The Artwork
  • Synthesis of Information
  • Project Cohesion
  • MLA citations

Refer to the Rubric for exact criteria.

General Guidelines:

  • Your comic should not exceed one page.  Feel free to construct the panels (boxes) as you see fit.
  • Your topic must follow the basic research tenets: it must be debatable, plausible and consequential.
  • Present your topic to a general audience.  If you would like to present the topic to a more specific audience, you must have instructor approval.
  • You must have at least 3 sources whose information is incorporated into your comic. Web resources are acceptable, but you must use at least one scholarly, peer-reviewed journal article (electronic or in print). 
  • You may pull these sources from your research exercises or bibliographies as appropriate.
  • Your comic must be your own work.  You may copy and paste any pictures or other visual media into your comic, but you must properly cite them.  They do not count as your three information sources.
  • Your project must have a separate Works Cited page listing all sources in proper MLA format.  Points will be deducted if the citations are incorrect.
  • Be creative!  Use your imagination! It is acceptable to use research topics from other classes.

Suggested Steps:

Step 1: Choose your topic and submit it to Blackboard by Sunday, September 9th, 11:59 pm.  Every topic must be approved by the instructor before you can move forward.

Step2: Research, research, research.

Step 3: Outline the comic’s content: story, dialogue, characters, etc.  Brainstorm the visual representations.  Try doing a few basic drawings or storyboarding the story.

Step 4: Fully produce the comic.

Step 5: Submit the comic electronically to Blackboard by Monday, October 8th, 11:59 pm.

Technical Requirements:

  • You will need to electronically produce your comic strip.  You can choose to either hand draw the comic strip or digitally produce the comic. 
  • If you choose to hand draw the comic, you will need access to a scanner to create a digital document.
  • If you choose to digitally create the comic, you can use a variety of software to draw it.  Software suggestions include: Microsoft Word & Publisher, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, or Paint.  There are a number of free applications online that you may want to investigate.

Getting Help:

  • MSU Library’s Learning Technology Lab on the Morehead campus includes computers with the hardware and software you can use to complete this assignment. 
  • If you have research questions, you can always contact the MSU Library via phone, email, chat, or in person.  Of course, you instructor is always here to help.

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