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Chavanne, Renaud. "The Bunker and the Desert: On the motif of the cube-panel in inside moebius." European Comic Art 13. (2020): 6–36. 
Added by: joachim (10/27/20, 8:52 PM)   
Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.3167/eca.2020.130202
BibTeX citation key: Chavanne2020
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Keywords: "Inside Moebius", France, Giraud. Jean, Metaisierung, Moebius
Creators: Chavanne
Collection: European Comic Art
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Abstract
Dispensing with semiological terms inappropriately applied to comics, this article uses the concept of the ‘cube-panel’ to show that the comics panel is indissociable from drawing itself. There is no ‘code’, only drawing. The cube-panel is exemplified in Inside Moebius. Rather than sampling from a wider, out-of-frame space, it represents a retreat from that space, a prison or refuge, both suggestive of an inner life. The title promises just such a revelation, but it is in the nature of a Moebius strip, and of a graphic representation of the author’s self, for that inside to be inseparable from an outside. Two examples of the inside–outside pairing recur throughout: the desert, representing a creative void, and the bunker, in which the artist externalises himself.
  
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