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Responsive Cartoons: Should We Stay Inside The Box?

Did making NPR's graphic adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" mobile-friendly change the meaning of cartoonist Jen Sorensen's work?


  1. "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!" -- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. Cartoonist Jen Sorensen adapts "Pride and Prejudice" for NPR Books:
    Cartoonist Jen Sorensen adapts "Pride and Prejudice" for NPR Books:
  3. For the 200th anniversary of Austen's novel, NPR Books presented a condensed adaptation by cartoonist Jen Sorensen in a mobile-friendly format. Using "responsive" design, Sorensen's cartoon was as easily viewed and read on a phone-size screen as it was on a larger tablet or "web classic" monitor (laptop, desktop). The phone version scrolled vertically. The larger format was more horizontal. 

    Does presenting a cartoon in a form that morphs based on a reader's screen configuration fundamentally alter the storytelling or meaning? 

    Alvin Chang of the Boston Globe started a Twitter conversation on the subject that drew in Brian Boyer, leader of NPR's News Apps team, and eventually cartoonist Jen Sorensen herself. 

    I'm saving the thread here because I suspect those of us in the digital storytelling business will be having more conversations like this as we try to figure out how best to make our work accessible on whatever gizmo our viewers, readers and listeners happen to be be using when they find it.
  4. I appreciated what I assumed was Alvin's reference to this scene from Woody Allen's Annie Hall:
  5. Annie Hall (1977) scene with Marshall McLuhan
  6. OK, back to Jen, Alvin and Brian....