What is it about?
This handbook chapter lists and discusses a number of recurring visual dimensions in comics and graphic novels that contribute to meaning-making. We distinguish, among others (1) text balloons; (2) motion and emotion lines ("pictorial runes"); (3) page lay-out; (4) "camera angle"; (5) text fonts and sizes. The chapter ends with a bibliography directing readers to key sources for further research.
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Why is it important?
In recent years, comics have quickly begun to attract substantial scholarly attention. In order to mature into a serious discipline, comics scholarship will need to expand beyond historiographies, oeuvre studies, and analyses of specific stories by developing a "toolkit" of instruments that can be systematically used in analysis, and thus strengthen methodology. Our chapter outlines proposals for what instruments can be part of such a toolkit.
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This page is a summary of: Stylistics and comics, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.4324/9781315795331.ch30.
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