Being fooled… art scams at their best
There are vast literatures on the authoritarian crackdown in Tiananmen Square; the American invasion of Afghanistan; Black life in America; and recent Gay history. There are any books, journalistic accounts, and films available to explicate and contextualize the major events of these important narratives. What insight or detail, you may ask as you approach the four titles discussed below, could the distinctive format of the graphic novel and the comic book add? Comics were invented aroundto serve newspaper readers whose literacy was limited. They immediately attracted moralizing critics, who called comics a bastard art, offering neither pure text nor just pictures, but an awkwardly in-between subversion of both.
In the s, adult passengers riding Italian trains would read comic versions of novels. And today sophisticated graphic works are published in Source. Until recently, however, in the US, comics, which were typically targeted at adolescent boys, were mostly sold in specialized stores, while graphic literature was displayed in bookstores in a section by itself.
And, notwithstanding such gifted artists as Art Spiegelman of Maus and Chris Ware of Jimmy Corrigangraphic literature remains a special taste. Crumb was taken up by the art world. But few other graphic novelists have attracted such attention. It used to be that The New York Times was too serious to print comics. Now, however, on the last Sunday of every month it publishes a complete section filled with wonderful writing here images called The New York Times for Kids.
How, then, do these combinations of words and text function? Scholars interested in comics and graphic histories owe a real debt to cartoonist and theorist Scott McCloud, who has laid out the theory and practice of this medium.]