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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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The Hybrid Question

The Hybrid Question

Interaction or Fusion?

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Comics and Language

Hannah Miodrag

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the issue of “hybridity” and the ways critics characterize the conjunction of words and images in comics. It looks at the problems that typically arise when critics attempt to pin down the precise nature of this interaction between words and images in comics, and also considers the tendency of critics to extrapolate from the notion of an interaction between word and image and posit a total fusion of word and image. The chapter discusses examples that demonstrate the mistake inherent in attempting to prescribe how comics in general deploy words and images, and, more specifically, refutes the notion that word and image in comics might collapse seamlessly into each other. Finally, it explores speech balloons to support the unique duality of comics.

Keywords:   hybridity, words, images, comics, speech balloons

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