Gavaler, Chris: "Refining the Comics Form." In: European Comic Art 10.2 (2017), S. 1–23.
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BibTeX citation key: Gavaler2017a
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Keywords: Definition, Representation, Semiotics
Collection: European Comic Art
Setting aside historical factors and focusing exclusively on a formal definition of comics as juxtaposed images, comics may be further refined by analysing the divisions, orders and relationships of those images. The images may also have both representational and abstract levels that together produce narrative’s intrinsic patterns and its extrinsic feeling of story. Although narrative comics and abstract comics sound like opposites, a representative narrative may be understood non-representationally because it is composed of abstract marks, and a sequence of abstract images can still create the experience of story through implied conflict and transformation. Analysed according to image representation, image relation, and image order, comics divide into six formally distinct categories: representational and abstract narratives; representational and abstract arrangements; and representational and abstract non sequiturs.
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