Originally published on GoshenCommons.org October 14, 2013
Food and cooking always figure prominently within comics. Even Scott McCloud’s classic comic about comics—his theoretical work “Understanding Comics”—uses a cooking scene to illustrate the powers unique to the genre:
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Originally published on GoshenCommons.org September 30, 2013
Last post I finished my review of Chris Ware’s “Building Stories” by arguing its place in North American visual history. This week, something much lighter, but not to be underestimated: “Love in Yop City.”
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Originally published on GoshenCommons.org September 16, 2013
Last post I focused on the spaces in Chris Ware’s book-in-a-box called “Building Stories,” and the way that those spaces bring the reader into the story. I could write about Ware for the next few months, but for now, since I’ve already made the case that Ware’s work is as significant as literature like “Infinite Jest” and “Remembrance of Things Past,” I’ll discuss his significance within North American visual history, mainly by analyzing his work alongside the landscape paintings of Grant Wood.
Fuzzy on who Grant Wood is? Here’s his best-known piece, “American Gothic,” from 1930.
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