Film and comic books

From: Chris Kennedy (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Oct 01 2007 - 11:33:19 PDT

Hmm... I probably should drop this, but I want to tease it out a bit more.
I was looking less for comic artist theory and more for film art theory
that could be brought over into the comic world to help formulate
aesthetic theories. Admittedly, my friend is teaching a grad level course
on comic books, so she's just the "threat" you're loathe to let at your
25-cent bin, but it is mildly engaging to think about.

It seems to me that one of the interesting things that comics and films
share is the space between images, where the construction is made in the
mind of the viewer. I know this is basic film theory, but anyone have a
good prime text for this? Also, teasing out ideas from assembled films,
like A MOVIE or Robert Breer's work would be fun.


> Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 08:56:38 -0700
> From: Omar Willey <email suppressed>
> Subject: Re: Film and comic books
> The obvious books here would be Will Eisner's _Graphic Storytelling_
> and _Comics and Sequential Art_, but in truth your friend is probably
> chasing a book that doesn't exist. Comix people are not known for
> their theorizing, or more accurately, talking about their theorizing
> in some academic fashion. And boy, don't I wish more filmmakers were
> like that.
> You will find some references to your friend's subject scattered
> about various interviews with Art Spiegelman, Alan Moore, Bill
> Griffith, Joost Swaarte, Jean Giraud and Chris Ware, but only some of
> these were ever collected/anthologized in books like "The New Comics"
> or movies like "Comic Book Confidential" and Harlan Ellison's
> "Masters of Comic Book Art." But I think you'll find that most comix
> artists look upon film theory with disdain or blithe ignorance.
> Comix, mercifully, haven't been completely coopted by the academic
> world yet, and are far from sufficient on their own as thesis
> material at posh colleges; virtually everything academically
> published about comix refers back to comics as a mass medium or as
> some sociological/cultural document, rather than as aesthetic
> experience.
> When someone finally publishes "The Influence of Lyotard and Bataille
> on the Work of Schuiten/Peeters," I believe I will vomit.
> Omar Willey
> Puget Sound Cinema Society
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