Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Penman, Mark ORCID logoORCID: and Reppion, John (2021) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. [Artefact]


The output is a comicbook by Penman and Reppion, created as an accessible introduction to the Middle English medieval poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight". The comic includes an essay to encourage further reading. Penman was the illustrator and designer for this project, Reppion was the writer and translated the poem into a comic script. Research Process: Told and retold, re-translated, and re-imagined through the centuries, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was originally written in Middle English, circa 1350 CE, by an unnamed author. In order to create this comicbook adaptation, Penman and Reppion undertook research into contemporary graphic novel storytelling and British medieval-period artwork, with emphasis on looking at ways in which the visual tropes of medieval artwork could be translated into a graphic storytelling format. The resulting artefact sits on the boundary of the two distinctly separate styles, creating a hybrid of the two aesthetics. Research Insights: Through this research Penman and Reppion have contributed to the field of graphic storytelling by demonstrating a new way of presenting British mythology that reflects the spirit and themes of the original text whilst being engaging to a modern audience. Dissemination: The work was disseminated on 13th November 2021 at the Thoughtbubble Comic Convention 2021 as well as through online stores.

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