Exercise 6: Documenting an Event

For this exercise, I need to produce a two-page comic narrative of an event. The size of the panels, grid format, and materials are entirely up to you. It could be a black and white strip, full-colour, a combination of both of these approaches, or even including collage elements.

I had to choose from two options of what I will document, between a news story or a domestic event, I chose a news story.

For this option, I will need to compile a reference file. I will need to obtain photo-reference, particularly of the principal characters, but also newsreaders, significant locales, and supporting characters.

My News Story: Turkey Earthquake 06/02/2023

I was thinking about what to do for this exercise and when I looked at the morning news on BBC I noticed what had happened in the early hours.

For my research, I will be using BBC news, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and YouTube.

Photos from the tragedy:

Photos of a BBC newsreader and reporter from ANews (The Guardian):

Photo of tweets from the government:

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has tweeted his “best wishes” to citizens affected by the earthquake which was “felt in many parts of our country”.
“Our search and rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the areas affected,” he wrote.

Photos of diagrams showing the statistics of the earthquake:

Layout with line-work:

Page 1:

Page 2:

Speech balloons and caption squares added:

Page 1:

Page 2:

Text added to speech balloons and caption squares:

Page 1:

Page 2:

Final Design:

Page 1:

Page 2:


I am very happy with the way these 2 pages turned out. I decided on using different sized panels to make the illustrations stand out. For page 1 I decided on 6 panels which are different sizes and on page 2 I wanted there to be a bold full page illustration as you would have in a comic book or graphic novel. I think from the images and text within these pages you can understand what the news story is about. I chose to do this exercise in monochrome as I have done in a few previous exercises. I really enjoy using different greys and still being able to understand what I am trying to express. I think what really made this was page 2 where the light from the man using an angle grinder behind the man with the sledge hammer.





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