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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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Comparisons between Forms of Visual Narration

Comparisons between Forms of Visual Narration

(p.123) Chapter Five Comparisons between Forms of Visual Narration
Openness of Comics

Maaheen Ahmed

University Press of Mississippi

After tracing the means of generating openness in comics in the genres discussed in the previous chapters, the last chapter of analyses concentrates on related visual narratives such as illustrated novels and artists’ books. This chapter begins with two comics, or graphic novel versions, of literary texts, City of Glass and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. These comics’ adaptations are compared with the transposition of Franz Kafka’s stories in Dave Mairowitz and Robert Crumb’s Introducing Kafka and Oliver Deprez’s version of The Castle. The chapter ends with a discussion of the variety of complex relationships (between words and images as well as images alone) and the role of materiality in artists’ books, comparing them with those discernible in more open comics in order to show how both incorporate indirect and multivalent word-image relationships to create greater interpretational scope, which is frequently complemented by aesthetic appeal.

Keywords:   Illustrated books, Woodcut novels, Artists' books, City of Glass, Olivier Deprez

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