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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 the panels amounts to a few…
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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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The world we live in creates a certain set of expectations. We expect the sun to be bright, and things blocked from its light to be dark. We look outside and we expect the sky to be blue, or the grass to be green. Subverting these expectations can be…
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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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In this exhibition’s section about layouts, it was mentioned that color can be a powerful tool for creating emphasis. The cover of this comic paints all of the image except for the central figure in a wash of red. This contrasts strongly with the…
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Pages 39 and 40 of this book stand as a great example for the sheer variety of ways text balloons can be manipulated as characterization devices. Gaiman’s Eternals are identifiable through their balloons alone. Each “speaks” in a different…
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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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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 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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This book is a print adaptation of a webcomic by the same name that was first published on September 1, 2016. While it exists in both formats, the reading experience is quite different. The print version exists as a physical object, and thus has…
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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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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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This comic is actually representative of so many different categories, it was hard choosing just one to put it into. With the nonlinear imagery, collage arrangement of panels, and watercolor color application, it could easily be the subject of a more…
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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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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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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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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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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…
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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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Contains essay "Two Centuries of Underground Comics" by Daniel Raeburn (34-45).
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