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Comics and Sacred TextsReimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives$
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Assaf Gamzou and Ken Koltun-Fromm

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496819215

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496819215.001.0001

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The Common Place

The Common Place

The Poetics of the Pedestrian in Kevin Huizenga’s Walkin’

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(p.232) Chapter Thirteen The Common Place
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Comics and Sacred Texts
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Shiamin Kwa

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496819215.003.0013

This essay analyzes Kevin Huizenga’s comicsand shows how they signal our awareness to the conscious act of supposing in the construction of meaning in our everyday lives. Purposely withholding explanation, and making the reader do the work of parsing the visual assumptions of the surface to understand the basic action depicted in the frame, Walkin’ models the processes we use when we try to make sense of what we see. Those processes are each small narratives of meaning, but they are occurring so quickly in our minds that their strangeness is hardly ever noticed. This comic continuously reminds the reader of the strangeness of the common, a strangeness that should give them pause. By making readers attend to the intersections of lines on the surface of the page, Huizenga’s comics suggest the possibilities of more metaphysical intersections.

Keywords:   Philosophy of everyday, Rhythm, Gutter, Surface reading, Kevin Huizenga

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