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While color itself can carry meanings, lack of color can be just as important. On page 73, the main character Gwen Dylan experiences a flashback. This change in time and space is indicated to the reader through a sudden shift into balck and white.…
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Marble statue of Aesred, the ever-transforming female from James Branch Cabell's mythical land of Poictesme. Originally belonging to James Branch Cabell, this piece is now in Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library.

The…
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Pages 13 and 14. This page which features the hero Snowbird fighting the weather controlling beast Kolomaq in whiteout conditions is the comic version of drawing a polar bear in a snowstorm. There are no images to follow, instead the text serves to…
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Annual report of purchases and donations made by the Associates of James Branch Cabell Library, February 24, 1972. Report created by President, Margaret Freeman Cabell.
Also shown, the original bookplate used by the Associates of James Branch…
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This trade paperback collects the complete 12-issue run of the HUSH storyline. But instead of simply reproducing the polished and colored pages that appear in the original comic books, this volume features the raws for each one. A “raw” is a page…
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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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Dedication plaque placed on the wall outside the Cabell Room in VCU Libraries James Branch Cabell Library
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This book is an example of a typical comic book. Measuring 6 ⅝ x 10 ⅛ inches, it is saddle-stitch bound and runs for 25 pages including advertisements. The two staples placed roughly three inches from the top and bottom are clearly visible on the…
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This trade paperback compiles Marvel Premier #9-10, #12-14 and Doctor Strange #1-2, #4-5. Unlike the individual comics that it draws from, this volume is perfect bound, features a descriptive back cover, and contains no advertisements. The cover…
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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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This volume is often lauded as the progenitor of the American comic book. A very important historical artifact in its own right, it contains both newspaper strips and new content bound together in the form of a book. In the context of this…
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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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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’…
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Frank Cheyne Papé (1872-1972) illustrated seven of Cabell's books. The English illustrator's fanciful, imaginatie and sometimes sexually suggestive style complemented Cabell's satirical works. Papé became an overnight success with the…
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This print belongs to a series on American authors by printmaker David Freed, professoremeritus of VCU School of the Arts. The woman seen in relief represents Cabell's interest in Greek literature.This work is located in the anteroom to the Cabell…
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This image by L'Engle (1884-1957) appears on the back of Cabell'sThere Were Two Pirates, published in 1946.
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