The Medium we call comics is based on a simple idea.
The Idea of placing one picture after another to show the passage of time.
The potential of that Idea is limitless, but perpetually obscured by its limited application in popular culture.
To understand comics, we need to separate form from content ….
…. and see with clear eyes how other eras have used this same idea to beautiful ends ….
… and what a limited palette of tools and ideas our own era has used.
Comics is a language, its vocabulary is the full range of visual symbols ….
… including the power of cartooning and realism, both apart and in startling combinations.
The heart of comics lies in the space between the panels …
… where the reader’s imagination makes still pictures come alive !
It’s a process that can be quantified, classified …
… and even measured ..
yer remains utterly mysterious in the way it paints mental pictures.
In relying on visual sequence, comics substitute space for time .
Yet there is no conversion chart and time flows through comics ….
… in a staggering variety of ways.
Through their still images using only one sense …
…comics represents all the senses …
… and through the character of the lines themselves ….
…comics represents, the invisible world of emotion.
Lines evolving to become symbols in their own right …
… as they dance with the much younger symbols called …
Reunited after thousands of years apart …
…in a relationship far closer than in any other form.
Like other media, comics is merely a simple idea …
…in search of complex applications ….
…yet comics offers a medium of enormous breadth and control for the author …
… a unique, intimate relationship with its audience …..
…and a potential so great, so inspiring, yet so brutally squandered, it could bring a tear to the eye.
(thanks damien niolet and scott mccloud)