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Grant, Pat: Bodies on the Boards. Materiality and movement in the production of comic books and graphic novels. Thesis (PhD), Macquarie University, Dept. of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies 2014 (348 S.).
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Keywords: "Blue", Australien, Grant. Pat, Körper, Materialität, Produktion, Schaffensprozess
Publisher: Macquarie University (Sydney)
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This creative doctorate consists of two creative texts and an exegesis. The first creative text is a graphic novel entitled Blue (2012) and the second is a short comic book called Toormina Video. The project asks: What can we learn about comics and graphic novels by looking at the “back end” of the text? How do the material conditions in the studio and the particularities of the cartoonist’s body influence the published outcome of a cartooning project?
The exegesis: (i) investigates methodological approaches to the study of cartooning practice, demonstrating how phenomenological anthropology, graphic anthropology and auto-ethnography may help us understand the graphic storyteller’s skillset as a form of practical knowledge (Jackson 1996); (ii) examines the comic book or graphic novel as a “built environment” demonstrating the structural influence that drawing materials have on graphic and literary style in comics; (iii) drawing on the semiotic theory of Thierry Groensteen (2009), it explores similarities between text and textile, comparing the process of pencilling comic to weaving fabric; (iv) suggests a natural kinship between oriental calligraphy and the practice of inking comics with a brush or quill, demonstrating how we might read and discuss the marks on the comic book page as the trace of a moving body; and (v) begins unpacking a performance approach to comics studies.
By shifting the critical gaze away from the ‘finished’ text and toward the studio as the key site of critical investigation in comics studies, this thesis argues that cartooning is indelibly a technology of the moving body and that comics and graphic novels should be critically appraised in this light.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction (15)
2. Local Practice / Foreign Discourse: situated literacy and comics scholarship (58)
3. The Moving, Drawing Body: A methodology for the ethnography of a cartooning practice (89)
4. The Board and the Body: material constraints and style in graphic narrative (142)
5. Grey Line Weaving: embodiment and entanglement in the pencilling process (193)
6. Voluptuous Diction: cartooning, calligraphy and the erotics of ink (248)
7. Conclusion: yucky feelings and funny faces (305)
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