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Dedication plaque placed on the wall outside the Cabell Room in VCU Libraries James Branch Cabell Library
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Detailing the fictional setting of many of Cabell's works, the map of Poictesme (Pwa-Tem) was designed by Peter Koch and printed in Chicago by Argus Books, 1928.
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Books written by or about Cabell were held in this rosewood cabinet in the main parlor of his house on Monument Avenue. It contained some 200 volumes, many of which were different editions of his works. That cabinet, now on display in the Cabell…
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This mantelpiece dates to the mid-19th century and was in the Branch House, 101 E. Franklin St., Cabell's birthplace and boyhood home. The mantelpiece was moved to Cabell's house at 3201 Monument Ave., and finally to the Cabell Room in the 1970s.
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Students study in the RPI Library. The cover of the April 10, 1964 Time Magazine is visible in the rack at right.
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This ornamental newel post once stood at the end of the staircase of 101 E. Franklin St., the home to Cabell's maternal grandparents, Col and Mrs. James R. Branch. Cabell was born in the house and was raised there. The building was demolished and…
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Third cartoon strip, page 80. Time is a hard concept to represent. With comics, the gutter between panels can represent anywhere from a second passing to several million years. Typically, we approach comics with the assumption that the time between…
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Pages 18 and 19. This two page spread uses jagged, stained glass inspired panels in a spiral pattern to draw the reader’s attention towards the woman curled in the lower section of the left page who is the focal point of the image. Visually this is…
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There are roughly eight different types of shading that are often used by artists, hatching, cross-hatching, contour-hatching, contour cross-hatching, diverse hatching, stippling, scribbling, and ink wash. This work is an amazing example of the…
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This piece is an excellent example of dynamic composition. In this scene a group of people with clubs and torches startle the horses drawing a coach, and the coach begins to overturn. Each part of the image, from the buildings to the characters,…
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While the paper choices talked about above are highly important to the final quality and appearance of the finished comic, this is not how the pages often begin. The printed version on the paper that we as readers handle is compiled from artists’…
Jack Tales, page 5, Charles Vess papers, M 374

With the four main characters sketched in black against a yellow field, bold pink lettering, and a single smoke trail of white, The cover of Paper Girls was made to be eye-catching. Yellow is the most reflective of all the colors, meaning that it is…
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Story, Firelilly, Page 50. Story, Starfall, Page 87. All of the stories within this anthology only use red alongside black and white to create visual effects. Both the page from Firelilly and from Starfall are examples of monochrome, also called…
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