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Thierry Smolderen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031496

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031496.001.0001

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The Evolution of the Press

The Evolution of the Press

(p.74) (p.75) 5 The Evolution of the Press
The Origins of Comics

Thierry Smolderen

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the impact of the periodical press on Töpffer's picture stories. In moving to another medium, Töpffer's invention also changed its raison d'être. Its artistic goals could no longer remain the same: the aim was not to produce an autonomous work—a novel in prints—but to share in the life and rhythms of a periodical and its readers. While the periodical press offered rich evolutionary possibilities, it also suffered from an obvious flaw: authors could not control this complex environment in the same way that they were able to control the publication of a novel.

Keywords:   Rodolphe Töpffer, picture stories, periodical press, novels

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