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Panel to the ScreenStyle, American Film, and Comic Books during the Blockbuster Era$
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Drew Morton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496809780

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496809780.001.0001

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Comics Are in Right Now

Comics Are in Right Now

(p.3) Introduction Comics Are in Right Now
Panel to the Screen

Drew Morton

University Press of Mississippi

This book examines the intricacies of the American film's stylistic remediation of comics. Stylistic remediation refers to the stylistic practice by films (both adaptations of comics and original properties), in which they have increasingly relied on the formal characteristics of comic books (such as panels, speed lines, the dissection of motion, flat compositions). For their part, comics have drawn upon formal devices derived from film (such as the film noir compositional technique of high-contrast lighting and Photoshop assisted motion blurring to produce a more cinematic look). The book explores how stylistic remediation complicates the idea of media specificity, the role of horizontal integration and conglomeration in the process of stylistic remediation, the industrial motivation behind remediation in films and comics, and whether the remediation of comic book stylistics into films is fundamentally a by-product of technologies and an indication of a larger ontological shift from cinema to digital cinema.

Keywords:   film, stylistic remediation, comics, adaptation, comic books, film noir, media specificity, horizontal integration, conglomeration, digital cinema

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