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Thierry Groensteen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617037702

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617037702.001.0001

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Comics and the Test of Abstraction

Comics and the Test of Abstraction

(p.9) Chapter One Comics and the Test of Abstraction
Comics and Narration

Thierry Groensteen

University Press of Mississippi

In 2009, the anthology Abstract Comics was published by Fantagraphics and edited by Andrei Molotiu. In it, Molotiu distinguishes two types of abstract comics: sequences of abstract drawings and sequences of drawings containing figurative elements whose juxtaposition produces no coherent narrative. The first type may be termed abstract comics and the second, infranarrative comics. This chapter looks in detail at abstract comics and how the genre re-problematizes the very definition of comics. It discusses abstract comics in relation to the question of rhythm and as part of the ongoing dialogue between comics and contemporary art.

Keywords:   abstract comics, abstract drawings, infranarrative comics, comics, rhythm, contemporary art, sequences

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