The Language of Comics: Word and Image / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- University Press of Mississippi
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. Berona, 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 that words.
N. C. Christopher Couchwriting on The Yellow Kid--and Robert C. Harveydiscussing early New Yorker cartoonsare both interest
About the Author
Robin Varnum, an instructor of English at the American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, has been published in Writing on the Edge, Journal of Advanced Composition, Harvard Library Bulletin, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.
Christina T. Gibbons, an independent scholar living in Brattleboro, Vermont, has been published in Journal of Regional Cultures.
Table of Contents
|The Voices of Silence: Willette, Steinlen and the Introduction of the Silent Strip in the Chat Noir, with a German Coda||3|
|Pictures Speak in Comics without Words: Pictorial Principles in the Work of Milt Gross, Hendrik Dorgathen, Eric Drooker, and Peter Kuper||19|
|If He Catches You, You're Through: Coyotes and Visual Ethos||40|
|The Yellow Kid and the Comic Page||60|
|Comedy at the Juncture of Word and Image: The Emergence of the Modern Magazine Gag Cartoon Reveals the Vital Blend||75|
|Disturbing Comics: The Disjunction of Word and Image in the Comics of Andrzej Mleczko, Ben Katchor, R. Crumb, and Art Spiegelman||97|
|"And Suit the Action to the Word": How a Comics Panel Can Speak Shakespeare||123|
|Revealing Traces: A New Theory of Graphic Enunciation||145|
|The Comic Book's Soundtrack: Visual Sound Effects in Asterix||156|
|The Comics of Chris Ware: Text, Image, and Visual Narrative Strategies||174|