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Cohn, Neil: Early Writings on Visual Language. [Selbstverl.], 2003. (120 S.)
|Resource type: Book
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-615-19346-5
BibTeX citation key: Cohn2003a
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This is the book for people who put down Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics wanting more theory. This book investigates the underlying structure of the »comic medium« – visual language. Doing so, it expands, refines, and lays the foundations for the first major alternatives to the theories proposed in UC over a decade ago.
Collecting the earliest of Neil Cohn's theoretical writings, it covers the split between »comics« and »the comics medium«, the boundaries between text and image, child visual language learning, and lots more. Special focus is also given to the importance of the sequential aspect of visual language grammar. This includes a lengthy in-depth analysis of panel-to-panel relationships – culminating in arguments against ›panel transitions‹ and the proposal of a new hierarchical »generative« analysis, placing primary importance to the roles of time and space.
Breaking new ground, this book lays the foundation for a reunderstanding of the graphic and linguistic modes of communication.
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