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The Canadian AlternativeCartoonists, Comics, and Graphic Novels$
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Dominick Grace and Eric Hoffman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496815118

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496815118.001.0001

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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

(p.189) 13 Ray Fawkes’S Formal and Stylistic Shifts in the Field of Comic Book Production
The Canadian Alternative
Ruth-Elen St. Onge
University Press of Mississippi

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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