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Lacassin, Francis. "The Comic Strip and Film Language." Film Quarterly 26. (1972): 11–23. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.2307/1211407
BibTeX citation key: Lacassin1972
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Keywords: Film
Creators: Lacassin
Collection: Film Quarterly
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The comic strip is now becoming intellectually respectable in somewhat the same way that film did, three or four decades ago. Studies of contemporary strips abound; serious artists are using the form for their own purposes—often, of course, satirical purposes. As the French historian Francis Lacassin argues in the pioneering article below, the “language” or syntax of the comic strip shows many similarities to (and certain historical priorities over) the language of film.
The article has been translated by David Kunzle, author of the forthcoming The Early Comic Strip: Narrative Strips and Picture Stories in the European Broadsheet, c. 1450–1826—a sociocultural history of the first mass medium's origins—and he adds notes of his own which qualify some of Lacassin's findings and extend them even further back in time.
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