By Thierry Groensteen
This e-book is the follow-up to Thierry Groensteen's groundbreaking The method of Comics, within which the major French-language comics theorist got down to examine how the medium capabilities, introducing the primary of iconic unity, and exhibiting the platforms that underlie the articulation among panels at 3 degrees: web page format, linear series, and nonsequential hyperlinks woven throughout the comedian publication as an entire. He now develops that evaluation extra, utilizing examples from a truly wide variety of comics, together with the paintings of yank artists reminiscent of Chris Ware and Robert Crumb. He checks out his theoretical framework by means of bringing it up opposed to instances that problem it, comparable to summary comics, electronic comics and shojo manga, and provides insightful reflections on those innovations.
In addition, he contains long chapters on 3 components no longer lined within the first booklet. First, he explores the function of the narrator, either verbal and visible, and the actual concerns that come up out of narration in autobiographical comics. moment, Groensteen tackles the query of rhythm in comics, and the ability established by way of virtuoso artists in intertwining varied rhythms over and above the fundamental beat supplied by means of the discontinuity of the panels. And 3rd he resets the connection of comics to modern paintings, conditioned via cultural background and aesthetic traditions yet evolving lately as comics artists flow onto avant-garde terrain.