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Open Access 12 The Interaction of Image and Text in Modern Comics

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12 The Interaction of Image and Text in Modern Comics

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The combination of image and text is undoubtedly one of the most typical features of the comic strip genre. Sequential images were already combined with textual elements in Egyptian hieroglyphs or medieval manuscripts and paintings. This chapter introduces a duality between code and sensation and argues that exploring the interaction between both axes provides interesting perspectives for both the analysis and creation of comics. It illustrates this by examining the works of two of the founding fathers of European comics, Herge and Franquin, and those of some contemporary, Western avant-garde artists like Jochen Gerner, Dominique Goblet, Bert Van der Meij, and Chris Ware. The chapter also talks about Front Back, an experimental comic book. A brief glance at this comic book reveals that an analysis using the classic opposition of "word" and "image" is rendered impossible, as the "panels" only consist of squares of fully saturated primary and secondary colours.

Keywords: Egyptian hieroglyphs; European comics; Front Back

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