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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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The Dread of Sitting through Dailies that Look like Comic Strips: Graphical Remediation in Dick Tracy (1990) and the Remediation of the Multiframe in Hulk (2003)

The Dread of Sitting through Dailies that Look like Comic Strips: Graphical Remediation in Dick Tracy (1990) and the Remediation of the Multiframe in Hulk (2003)

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(p.65) Chapter 3 The Dread of Sitting through Dailies that Look like Comic Strips: Graphical Remediation in Dick Tracy (1990) and the Remediation of the Multiframe in Hulk (2003)
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Panel to the Screen
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Drew Morton

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496809780.003.0004

This chapter examines the basic taxonomy of stylistic remediation and the various evolving contexts grounding it within film adaptations of comic book properties. More specifically, it considers how two unique aspects of form comics—graphical representation and the multiframe—were remediated by Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy (1990) and Ang Lee's Hulk (2003). It also explores how a filmmaker can attempt to find a cinematic equivalent for the varied modes of graphical representation practiced by a cartoonist. The chapter first provides an overview of graphical remediation in Dick Tracy before discussing the remediation of the multiframe in Hulk. It shows that the remediations exemplifed by both films illustrate the disjunction between the formal vocabularies of the film and the comic. It concludes with an analysis of the economic and formal compromises of stylistic remediation.

Keywords:   stylistic remediation, film adaptations, comics, multiframe, Warren Beatty, Dick Tracy, Ang Lee, Hulk, graphical remediation

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