Comic Book Film Style: Cinema at 24 Panels per Second

Comic Book Film Style: Cinema at 24 Panels per Second

by Dru Jeffries


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Superhero films and comic book adaptations dominate contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, and it is not just the storylines of these blockbuster spectacles that have been influenced by comics. The comic book medium itself has profoundly influenced how movies look and sound today, as well as how viewers approach them as texts. Comic Book Film Style explores how the unique conventions and formal structure of comic books have had a profound impact on film aesthetics, so that the different representational abilities of comics and film are put on simultaneous display in a cinematic work.

With close readings of films including Batman: The Movie, American Splendor, Superman, Hulk, Spider-Man 2, V for Vendetta, 300, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Watchmen, The Losers, and Creepshow, Dru Jeffries offers a new and more cogent definition of the comic book film as a stylistic approach rather than a genre, repositioning the study of comic book films from adaptation and genre studies to formal/stylistic analysis. He discusses how comic book films appropriate comics' drawn imagery, vandalize the fourth wall with the use of graphic text, dissect the film frame into discrete panels, and treat time as a flexible construct rather than a fixed flow, among other things. This cinematic remediation of comic books' formal structure and unique visual conventions, Jeffries asserts, fundamentally challenges the classical continuity paradigm and its contemporary variants, placing the comic book film at the forefront of stylistic experimentation in post-classical Hollywood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477314500
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dru Jeffries teaches comics studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and has taught film at Concordia University and the University of Toronto. He has published scholarship on film and comic books in Porn Studies, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Cinephile, and several edited volumes.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The Six Modes of Interaction between Comics and Film
  • Chapter 2. Vandalizing the Fourth Wall: Word-Image Hybridity and a Comic Book Cinema of Attractions
  • Chapter 3. These Panels Have Been Formatted to Fit Your Screen: Remediating the Comics Page through the Cinematic Frame
  • Chapter 4. The Privileged Instant: Remediating Stasis as Movement
  • Chapter 5. The Polymedial Comic Book Film
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

Blair Davis

"Original and engaging. Jeffries’s analysis of the cinematic remediation of comics provides strong insights into modern Hollywood comic book blockbuster cinema."

William Proctor

"Thoughtful and erudite theorization of the impact of the comic book medium on contemporary cinema. The book offers a valuable critical vocabulary for understanding the relationship between comics and film and the emergence, and remediation of, a ‘comic book film style.’ This book is an important intervention in the study of film aesthetics, mise-en-scène, etc., and challenges proponents of so-called classical film style."

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