Sequential Images, the Page, and Narrative Structures

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Sequential Images, the Page, and Narrative Structures
Author(s) Dittmar, Jakob
Date 2015
English abstract
Not only digital but also analogue formats constantly experiment and expand on formal and narrative options. These experiments help to understand how individual elements and layers within comics work, whether they need to be used in the established ways or whether they can be manipulated further. Experimenting on formal and narrative options of comics systematically widens the understanding of the way comics narrate – and as a result, those who experiment become better analysts of comics, they learn about visual and textual communication of all kinds of issues – of representations of cultures. Also, their ability grows to apply this knowledge on productions of their own and onto those by other creators. While most mainstream comics and graphic novels carefully stay on established ground in regards to visual and textual construction and narration of the narrative and its individual stages, other digital and analogue comics constantly experiment on formal and narrative options for comics. By analysing and adapting the existing forms of comics, by experimenting with formal and narrative options, the understanding of the potential of comics and the ability to apply this knowledge is widened. For people, who are working in the field of comics storytelling, as well drawing as texting, a sound knowledge of the standards and options is obviously desirable.
Publisher International Journal of Comic Art
Host/Issue International Journal of Comic Art;2
Volume 17
ISSN 1531-6793
Pages 561-571
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Synchronicity
page styles
comics narration
narrative structure
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
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