Creating an Oubapo
For Narrative Images subject, teacher asked to international class in Brand Design of École de Design Nantes Atlantique to draw an “Oubapo” choosing two of the existing images our class mates drew the class before.
Oubapo (French pronunciation: [ubapo], short for French: Ouvroir de bande dessinée potentielle; roughly translated: “workshop of potential comic book art“) is a comicsmovement which believes in the use of formal constraints to push the boundaries of the medium. OuBaPo is styled after the French literary movement Oulipo (Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle), founded by Raymond Queneau and Georges Perec. Oubapo was founded in November 1992 in the Ou-X-Po and announced inL’Association‘s French comics edition.
Some OuBapoian constraints:
Reduction A book or comic summarized in very few panels
Reversibility A comic that can be read back to front
Iconic Alliteration The same drawing reproduced throughout the whole comic with only the words changing