McCloud – Through the Eyes of Reporting Information

The key elements and features of a Reporting Information or Expository Essay call upon you, the writer (superhero), to “inform” your audience about the subject under discussion (lesser known superhero or supervillain).

The key elements for us call upon you to give us the following:

  1. Tightly Focused topic – that is, you have a specific superhero or supervillain in mind
  2. Definition – you want to define for us, formally, what a superhero or supervillain is
  3. Well-Reserach topic – in the process of the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of your reporting you will want to draw upon multiple (and reliable) sources to aid in telling us about the topic under debate.

The ultimate purpose of this assignment is for us to feel that we have been informed about who and what this superhero/supervillain is all about.

This purpose should be reflected in the thesis statement you give us as well as the paper that follows in support of that thesis.

To help us move this discussion along, I want to take our key features above and apply them to a few chapters of Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud I have had you look at. We’ll start by reviewing that material just a bit, particularly Ch. 4.

PowerPoint: mccloud-ch-4


Spurring Some Debate

As we begin heading into our 3rd Essay- Reporting Information/Expository Essay, let’s look at some comic book/graphic novel examples.

Here is one:


Cunningham, Darryl. “It Could Be You.” Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories About Mental Illness. Bloomsbury, 2011.

New MLA Page and Thesis Statements, Part 1

New Material on MLA Page

First off, take note that in our menu bar to the right, under MLA Formatting there is new material covering some basic introductions to MLA formatting, including new 8th Edition changes, that we will be reviewing tomorrow.
Please, take a look. It is linked above in red.

Thesis Statements for Analytical Essays