What Do You See? Using the Graphic Novella to Challenge Stigma

Wood, Dave, Ogilvie, Sara and Middleton, Ray (2018) What Do You See? Using the Graphic Novella to Challenge Stigma. In: CONFIA 2018 -6th International Conference on Illustration and Animation, 13th - 15th July 2018, Esposende, Portugal.

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This paper disseminates a student graphic novel project to the challenge stigma against people with complex needs. The project was a collaboration between Northumbria University 2nd year illustration students and Fulfilling Lives, a charitable organisation that helps vulnerable people to rebuild their lives. Fulfilling Lives’ work also includes outreach work with local social service providers to enact system change in their attitudes and policies to people who they define as ‘difficult clients.’ They believe in the value of the voice of people with complex needs, and they wish to amplify that voice to rebuild lives by enacting positive social change. Fulfilling Lives challenged the illustration students to use illustration to help amplify those voices. This paper focuses on the pedagogy behind how the students’ produced their graphic novellas, and on the students’ processes and reflections. It also disseminates the impacts of the ERDF funded project that published the graphic novellas in an anthology. The students’ illustrations in this book and eBook formed the core material for a social media campaign via Twitter, to provoke dialogue on the stigma against people with complex needs in society using the hashtag #WhatDoYouSee? It will conclude with discussing the early positive impacts of the students’ work, and some of the dialogues that the graphic novel project has already provoked.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: illustration, Pedagogy, Constructivism, Visual Communication, graphic novels, Social Media, Complex Needs
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 01 May 2019 15:11
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 11:48
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39127

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