The Language of Comics: Word and Image / Edition 1

The Language of Comics: Word and Image / Edition 1

by Robin Varnum
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578064147

ISBN-13: 9781578064144

Pub. Date: 01/15/2002

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

With essays by Jan Baetens, David A. Beronä, Frank L. Cioffi, N. C. Christopher Couch, Robert C. Harvey, Gene Kannenberg, Jr., Catherine Khordoc, David Kunzle, Marion D. Perret, and Todd Taylor.

In our culture, which depends increasingly on images for instruction and recreation, it is important to ask how words and images make meaning when they are combined.

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Overview

With essays by Jan Baetens, David A. Beronä, Frank L. Cioffi, N. C. Christopher Couch, Robert C. Harvey, Gene Kannenberg, Jr., Catherine Khordoc, David Kunzle, Marion D. Perret, and Todd Taylor.

In our culture, which depends increasingly on images for instruction and recreation, it is important to ask how words and images make meaning when they are combined. Comics, one of the most widely read media of the twentieth century, serves as an ideal for focusing an investigation on the word-and-image question.

This collection of essays attempts to give an answer. The first six see words and images as separate art forms that play with or against each other. David Kunzle finds that words restrict the meaning of the art of Adolphe Willette and Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen in Le Chat Noir. David A. Beronä, examining wordless novels, argues that the ability to read pictures depends on the ability to read words. Todd Taylor draws on classical rhetoric to demonstrate that images in The Road Runner are more persuasive than words.

N. C. Christopher Couch—writing on The Yellow Kid—and Robert C. Harvey—discussing early New Yorker cartoons—are both interested in the historical development of the partnership between words and images in comics. Frank L. Cioffi traces a disjunctive relationship of opposites in the work of Andrzej Mleczko, Ben Katchor, R. Crumb, and Art Spiegelman.

The last four essays explore the integration of words and images. Among five comic book adaptations of Hamlet Marion D. Perret finds one in which words and images form a dialectic. Jan Baetens critiques the semiotically inspired theory of Phillippe Marion. Catherine Khordoc explores speech balloons in Asterix the Gaul. Gene Kannenberg, Jr., demonstrates how the Chicago-based artist Chris Ware blurs the difference between word and image.

The Language of Comics, however, is the first collection of critical essays on comics to explore a single issue as it affects a variety of comics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578064144
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
01/15/2002
Series:
Studies in Popular Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Voices of Silence: Willette, Steinlen and the Introduction of the Silent Strip in the Chat Noir, with a German Coda3
Pictures Speak in Comics without Words: Pictorial Principles in the Work of Milt Gross, Hendrik Dorgathen, Eric Drooker, and Peter Kuper19
If He Catches You, You're Through: Coyotes and Visual Ethos40
The Yellow Kid and the Comic Page60
Comedy at the Juncture of Word and Image: The Emergence of the Modern Magazine Gag Cartoon Reveals the Vital Blend75
Disturbing Comics: The Disjunction of Word and Image in the Comics of Andrzej Mleczko, Ben Katchor, R. Crumb, and Art Spiegelman97
"And Suit the Action to the Word": How a Comics Panel Can Speak Shakespeare123
Revealing Traces: A New Theory of Graphic Enunciation145
The Comic Book's Soundtrack: Visual Sound Effects in Asterix156
The Comics of Chris Ware: Text, Image, and Visual Narrative Strategies174
Notes199
Works Cited205
Contributors213
Index215

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