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Saturday, July 14 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Comics Theory: Sequential Artistry

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Jade Hidle (University of California, San Diego) examines how GB Tran's Vietnamerica uses the comic book genre to provide counter-memories to historical narratives about the U.S. war in Vietnam. Hidle explains how Tran uses the evolving form of the graphic memoir to provide border-blurring, non-linear spatio-temporal frameworks to construct such counter-memories. Keegan Lannon (Aberystwyth University) argues that the dichotomy of words and images is more elastic than theorists such as McCloud, Kunzle, and Groensteen conceive it. Lannon forwards the concept of the grapheme as a way of conceiving of words and pictures as two variants of visual communication. John E. Ingulsrud (Meisei University) and Kate Allen (Meiji University) employ the sociolinguistic concepts of "footing" and "stance" to analyze the many functions of "caricaturization" (the simplification of character images) in manga. Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) provides a response to the scholars' ideas.

Saturday July 14, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 26AB

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