As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ll be speaking on a panel about “Comic Theory” at the Comic Arts Conference at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. The talk is going to be on Friday July 21st at 1:15-2:30 (not sure the room still). Here are descriptions of all the talks on the panel:
“The Secret of Sequence” – Neil Cohn
The sequential aspect of juxtaposed images has often been regarded as central to comics as a medium. This presentation will reveal the rich patterns underlying comics’ sequence: a grammar, complete with “(visual) parts of speech” and grammatical rules. Pushing beyond the confines of linear panel-to-panel relationships, this approach should intrigue anyone interested in how comics communicate.
“Visual Language and Universal Grammar” – Zon Petilla
My research involved using a cognitive map to bridge the gap between understandings of a group of words for a Limited English speaker to test my theory that there is a Universal Visual System that can be used to teach language.
“The Western Vocabulary of Visual Language” – Hal Shipman
Within the Western comics tradition, there are essential cultural variances in the vocabulary and grammar of visual language. Contrast these differences in European and American comics, represented respectively by the adventure strips Tintin by Herge and Terry and the Pirates by Milton Caniff.
I’ll post more as I learn it…