2P: What is a Hero?

Paper Heroes Location 2 by Cory Bond, via Flickr.

Paper Heroes Location 2 by Cory Bond, via Flickr.

Today, we will talk about main characters. Since so many main characters in graphic novels are heroes, we also need to talk about what makes a hero.

Let’s begin by brainstorming about heroes:

  • What characteristics does a  hero have?
  • How does a hero behave?
  • What motivates a hero?
  • How are heroes “made”?

Next, we need to talk about how a hero is a part of his time. Let’s take a brief look at the Phantom, the first masked hero.

Finally, I want you to examine the main character in your graphic novel.  Write a least five points in your notes that answer the following question:

  • Is the main character a hero? (provide evidence)
  • How does the main character behave?
  • What is the character’s motivation for this behaviour?
  • What made the character act this way?
  • What conflicts/problems does the main character encounter?
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