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Comics and LanguageReimagining Critical Discourse on the Form$
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Hannah Miodrag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038044

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038044.001.0001

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Language in Context

Language in Context

The Spatiality of Text in Comics

(p.59) Chapter Three Language in Context
Comics and Language

Hannah Miodrag

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines how literary language is put to work specifically within the comics form by focusing on the work of Posy Simmonds. It first considers language-in-comics within media-specific parameters by looking at the linguistic analyses of comics writers Will Eisner and Alan Moore. The chapter then discusses examples in Simmonds’s work in which the reader’s comprehension “sparks across” a gap between text and image, and the use of visual spatiality in Simmonds’s collage-like annotated layout alongside the traditional sequentiality of strip cartoons. It also discusses examples from Simmonds’s work that emphasize how comics’ visual arrangements create literary effects.

Keywords:   literary language, comics, Posy Simmonds, Will Eisner, Alan Moore, text, image, spatiality, cartoons, literary effects

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