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The Artistry of Neil GaimanFinding Light in the Shadows$
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Joseph Michael Sommers and Kyle Eveleth

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496821645

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496821645.001.0001

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Comics Grammar in Neil Gaiman and Dave Mckean’s Picture Book Collaborations

Comics Grammar in Neil Gaiman and Dave Mckean’s Picture Book Collaborations

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(p.21) Comics Grammar in Neil Gaiman and Dave Mckean’s Picture Book Collaborations
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The Artistry of Neil Gaiman
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Krystal Howard

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496821645.003.0002

In this chapter, Howard reflects upon how Gaiman's picture books borrow the grammar of comics in ways that demonstrate his high esteem for the young reader. Howard collapses the critical distinctions between comics and pictures showing how, through their frequent collaboration, Gaiman and McKean use the discourse conventions of comics, where they began, within their children's picture books to straddle a line between lightness and play and darker overtures in a traditionally lighter field of children's picture books. Her conclusions poke holes in the staid critical distinctions in both fields.

Keywords:   Comics, picture books, visual media, Dave McKean, collaboration

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