Affect is a set of terms that describe how reading the comic makes you, the reader, feel. This is less about subjective judgement and more about what the author and artist intend.
To choose the best Affect terms:
Step 1: Look at the comic and identify how the creators intend the reader to feel.
Step 2: While doing Step 1, read the definitions below to help guide your decisions.
Step 2: Choose a couple of the main affect terms that apply for most of the comic.
Note: Many stories, such as comics, operate on a few levels at a time, but typically there are only a few dominant affects. Try to focus on the dominant affects. Remember, the idea is to help finding other similar stories.
Pumped: Faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap buildings in a single bound, pumped comics are all about action. They make you feel ready to take on the world.
Thriller: Threatening or delivering physical, emotional or mental dangers, thrillers will have you ready to tuck and roll. A thriller is distinct from pumped comics because danger is perpetrated against the main character, and there is a touch of fear for the character.
Horror: Be afraid, be very afraid. Comics with a horror affect have the goal of producing fear and fostering a feeling of foreboding that permeates the story. It creates a sense of unease as we await the unexpected.