Posted by: Doc Comics | September 16, 2013

Comics: Sequential Art or Graphic Narrative?

As we work our way through Hart’s brief but helpful explanation of “Rhetorical Narrative,” we run into a few additional issues over thinking about the Narrative Rhetorics of Comics as “sequential art” and “graphic narrative.” If comics are a new experience for you (and even if they ain’t), we could use some help UNDERSTANDING COMICS (1994) and there’s no one better at explaining its visual rhetoric than Scott McCloud!

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We will play with the sequence a bit (how rhetorical!), but hopefully it tells a provocative story.

This is not a pipe.

This is not a pipe.

Perception is everything.

Perception is everything.

Comics' logic?

Comics’ logic?

identification

identification

iconicity?

iconicity?

Seeing is believing... er, perceiving.

Seeing is believing… er, perceiving.

Look Ma, no legs!

Look Ma, no legs!

Enthymemes between the gutters?

Enthymemes between the gutters?

sequential reasoning!

sequential reasoning!

Time travel?

Time travel?

Space-Time?

Traveling through Space-Time!

The magic of Space-Time tricks!

The magic of Space-Time tricks!

Form-Content

Form-Content

Rhetoric of Aesthetic Style

Rhetoric of Aesthetic Style!

Reference-Reality-Meaning triangulation?!

ReferenceFrame-Reality-Meaning triangulation?!

The Artistic process?

An older McCloud ponders sequential choices.

An older McCloud ponders sequential choices.

This quick jaunt into UNDERSTANDING COMICS offers some interesting extensions for exploring the rhetorical choices made in both sequential art AND graphic narrative! For more from the master himself, you can check out his TedTalk on “The Visual Magic of Comics” at the link!

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Responses

  1. So how might this visual rhetoric of comics inform the eternal DC vs Marvel debate among superhero fandom? Chris Sims with Comics Alliance offers a few ideas:
    http://comicsalliance.com/dc-comics-marvel-golden-age-silver-age-comics-history/

  2. The universal shapes of stories?
    http://io9.com/the-universal-shapes-of-stories-according-to-kurt-vonn-1526559996


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