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Ray Fawkes’S Formal and Stylistic Shifts in the Field of Comic Book Production

Ray Fawkes’S Formal and Stylistic Shifts in the Field of Comic Book Production

Chapter:
(p.189) 13 Ray Fawkes’S Formal and Stylistic Shifts in the Field of Comic Book Production
Source:
The Canadian Alternative
Author(s):
Ruth-Elen St. Onge
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496815118.003.0013

This chapter applies Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of the field of literary production, as well as critical evaluations of contemporary graphic novels and comic books (McCloud, Hatfield), in order to consider the trajectory of Ray Fawkes, a Canadian comics artist and writer. Through analyzing the aesthetic presentation and material qualities of Fawkes’ works One Soul (2011),The Spectral Engine (2013), The People Inside (2014), and Intersect (2015), as well as industry standards and practices and their subsequent impact on the reader, this chapter contends that the creator’s adoption of a particular visual style in any given comic book or graphic novel can serve as a signal to readers as to the genre and subfield of literature to which their publication belongs. Through marked shifts in visual style and formal experimentation, Ray Fawkes subtly innovates from within both the mainstream and alternative subfields of the field of comics publishing.

Keywords:   Comic books, Ray Fawkes, Graphic novels, Publishing, Visual style

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