chapter  11
26 Pages

Comic Books, Connection, and the Artist Identity With an Introduction by Catherine Hyland Moon

ByKate Lucas-Falk

The traditional concept of comics is the comic strip, a narrative sequence composed of pictures and words, most often published regularly in inexpensive booklets or magazine formats. Comics typically have bordered panels that give structure to the narrative and contain widely understood graphic symbolism like a series of the letter “z” over a character’s head to indicate a state of sleep, or bulging eyes to indicate surprise. The text in comics can be used to communicate at multiple

levels, including narrative voice, dialogue, and sound effects. Whereas consideration of comics as a serious art form-rather than as a cheap, throwaway magazine for children-came about in the 1990s, comics for people of all ages have been in existence since the nineteenth century (Sabin, 1993).