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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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An Extension of Some Theoretical Propositions

An Extension of Some Theoretical Propositions

(p.51) Chapter Four An Extension of Some Theoretical Propositions
Comics and Narration

Thierry Groensteen

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter deals with three new branches of graphic literature: children’s comics, manga, (particularly shōjo manga), and interactive digital comics. It first provides an overview of the illustrated children’s book sector and Sophie Van der Linden’s argument that the illustrated children’s book constitutes a specific form of expression. After discussing the differences between comics and illustrated children’s books, the chapter considers the page layout of shōjo manga and its emphasis on the rhetoric of emotion. It then looks at the advent of interactive digital comics and the experience of reading from a computer screen, hypermedia and immersion fantasy, and interactivity and gaming.

Keywords:   children’s comics, manga, shōjo manga, digital comics, illustrated children’s books, page layout, hypermedia, immersion fantasy, interactivity, gaming

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