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The origins of comics : from William Hogarth to Winsor McCay

Author: Thierry Smolderen; Bart Beaty; Nick Nguyen
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The Origins of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay, Thierry Smolderen presents a cultural landscape whose narrative differs in many ways from those presented by other historians of the comic strip. Rather than beginning his inquiry with the popularly accepted "sequential art" definition of the comic strip, Smolderen instead wishes to engage with the historical dimensions that inform that definition. His  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Smolderen, Thierry.
Origins of comics.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2014
(DLC) 2013029167
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thierry Smolderen; Bart Beaty; Nick Nguyen
ISBN: 9781617031496 1617031496
OCLC Number: 995589289
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: 160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Contents: William Hogarth: Readable Images --
Graffiti and Little Doodle Men --
The Arabesque Novels of Rodolphe Töpffer --
"Go, Little Book!" --
The Evolution of the Press --
A.B. Frost and the Photographic Revolution --
From the Label to the Balloon --
Winsor McCay: The Last Baroque.
Other Titles: Naissances de la bande dessinée.
Responsibility: Thierry Smolderen ; translated by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen.
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"In The Origins of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay, Thierry Smolderen presents a cultural landscape whose narrative differs in many ways from those presented by other historians of the comic strip. Rather than beginning his inquiry with the popularly accepted "sequential art" definition of the comic strip, Smolderen instead wishes to engage with the historical dimensions that inform that definition. His goal is to understand the processes that led to the twentieth-century comic strip, the highly recognizable species of picture stories that he sees crystallizing around 1900 in the United States. Featuring close readings of the picture stories, caricatures, and humoristic illustrations of William Hogarth, Rodolphe Töpffer, Gustave Doré, and their many contemporaries, Smolderen establishes how these artists were immersed in a very old visual culture in which images{u2014}satirical images in particular{u2014}were deciphered in a way that was often described as hieroglyphical. Across eight chapters, he acutely points out how the effect of the printing press and the mass advent of audiovisual technologies (photography, audio recording, and cinema) at the end of the nineteenth century led to a new twentieth-century visual culture. In tracing this evolution, Smolderen distinguishes himself from other comics historians by following a methodology that explains the present state of the form of comics on the basis of its history, rather than presenting the history of the form on the basis of its present state. This study remaps the history of this influential art form." --

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