The Language of Comics

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 110 pages
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The Intertext series has been specifically designed to meet the needs of contemporary English Language Studies. Working with Texts: A Core Introduction to Language Analysis (second edition, 2001) is the foundation text, which is complemented by a range of 'satellite' titles. These provide students with hands-on practical experience of textual analysis through special topics, and can be used individually or in conjunction with Working with Texts.
The Language of Comics:

  • highly illustrated with large number of real comic strips
  • provides a history of comics from the end of the nineteenth century to the present
  • explores the 'semiotics of comics', from the interaction between the verbal and the visual and how texts interrelate to the way speech and thought are reported in narrative and point of view
  • makes the case for comics as multi-modal texts and considers future developments in the genre
  • is user friendly and accessible, and provides a full glossary.
 

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Contents

What are comics?
1
How comic are comics
4
The components of comics
5
The panel
7
The gutter
9
The caption
10
Summary
12
Words and pictures
13
bridging the gaps
51
Summary
56
The voices of comics
57
Whos speaking?
59
reading the characters minds
60
Voices in comics
62
Thought balloons
65
Summary
69

The blend between words and pictures
14
Semiontics and the idea of the sign
15
Looking at words
18
The visual aspects of words in comics
20
Reading pictures
22
Pictures in comics
25
The collaboration between words and pictures
27
Summary
33
Between the panels
35
Cohesion
36
Repetition
37
Coherence
45
Semantic field
46
The eyes of comics
71
Deictics
72
Summary
84
Comics and computers
85
Cartoons on your desktop
86
Words and comics
92
Artists with mice
94
Summary
95
Answers and Commentaries
97
References and further reading
103
Index of terms
107
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About the author (2003)

Mario Saraceni is Lecturer at Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand.

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