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The aesthetics of comics

Author: David Carrier
Publisher: University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2000.
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"Philosopher David Carrier looks at popular American, European, and Japanese comic strips to identify and solve the aesthetic problems posed by comic strips and to explain the relationship of this artistic genre to other forms of visual art. He traces the use of speech and thought balloons, an identifying feature of comic strips, to early Renaissance art, and claims that the speech balloon defines comics as neither  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Carrier, David, 1944-
Aesthetics of comics.
University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2000
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Carrier
ISBN: 027101962X 9780271019628 0271021888 9780271021881
OCLC Number: 40693939
Description: xii, 139 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Nature of comics. Caricature; or, Representing causal connection ; Speech balloon; or, The problem of representing other minds ; Image sequence; or, Moving modernist pictures ; Words and pictures bound together; or, Experiencing the unity of comics --
Interpreting Comics. Content of the form; or, Seeing pictures, reading texts, viewing comics ; Interpreting a populist art form; or, The liberating force of Krazy Kat --
Place of Comics in Relation to Art History. Posthistorical art; or, Comics and the realm of absolute knowledge.
Responsibility: David Carrier.


The ingenuity with which the classial comic strip artists found ways of telling whole stories in four or five panels has been insufficiently appreciated by philosophers or historians of art. This  Read more...


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