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Openness of ComicsGenerating Meaning within Flexible Structures$
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Maaheen Ahmed

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496805935

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496805935.001.0001

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Fictionalized Memories and Biographies

Fictionalized Memories and Biographies

(p.23) Chapter One Fictionalized Memories and Biographies
Openness of Comics

Maaheen Ahmed

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter analyses Will Eisner’s A Contract with God, Jacques Tardi’sIt Was the War of the Trenches, Martin tom Dieck and Jens Balzer'sSalut, Deleuze!, Reinhard Kleist and Roland Hueve’sLovecraft, Hugo Pratt’s Saint-Exupéry, and FrédéricBoilet and KanTakahama’sMariko Parade. A comparative analysis along the dimensions delineated in Part One help in bringing out some of the main features that offer greater room for interpretation in comics. These include a consistent story of a reasonable length that provides room for the story to develop, which is discernible in It Was the War, in contrast to the episodic Contract with God. Other elements brought out include the narration of complex themes such as the philosophical discussions in Salut, Deleuze!, which are also reflected in the comic’s use of motifs and chiaroscuro. Similarly, the collages inLovecraft or the pastels in Saint-Exupéry are also narratively pertinent.

Keywords:   Will Eisner, Hugo Pratt, Jacques Tardi, Reinhard Kleist, Martin tom Dieck, FrédéricBoilet and KanTakahama

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