Saturday, April 28, 2007

Comic Books as Literature

It's about time comic books got some actual recognition.

This article talks about a class where comic books are studied for what they are: a literate way to tell a story. Comic books don't have to waste time with description, and therefore can actually go further into storytelling than conventional means. It is a way of controlling the visual and the words that you cannot do with either books or cinema.

I'm not saying that all comic books are high art, but neither are all books or all cinema. This article references Art Spiegelman's Maus and it is one of the best reads I have ever had, in any kind of medium. I would put Maus up against Milton any day of the week.

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