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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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Asterios Polyp and the Structure of Visual Images

Asterios Polyp and the Structure of Visual Images

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Comics and Language

Hannah Miodrag

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines visual images in comics by analyzing David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp. It considers visual signs, and outlines a more precise and specific conception of the semiotic structure of images using linguistic structure as a point of comparison. The chapter also discusses the relationship of comics and images to language, and demonstrates how a more precise, semiotically driven dissection of images better accounts for cartoon devices and the ways we interpret them. Furthermore, it looks at Asterios Polyp’s highly imaginative use of the cartoon drawing style and comics medium, as well as its fairly arbitrary use of speech balloons. The chapter concludes by analyzing the extent to which images can be described in the same terms as the arbitrary units of language.

Keywords:   visual images, comics, David Mazzucchelli, Asterios Polyp, visual signs, semiotic structure, linguistic structure, language, cartoon devices, speech balloons

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