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The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach

The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach

Hardback New Directions in Aesthetics

By (author) Aaron Meskin, By (author) Roy T. Cook, Foreword by Warren Ellis

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 232mm x 20mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 6 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1444334646
  • ISBN 13: 9781444334647
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 947,704

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The Art of Comics is the first-ever collection of essays published in English devoted to the philosophical topics raised by comics and graphic novels. In an area of growing philosophical interest, this volume constitutes a great leap forward in the development of this fast expanding field, and makes a powerful contribution to the philosophy of art. The first-ever anthology to address the philosophical issues raised by the art of comics Provides an extensive and thorough introduction to the field, and to comics more generally Responds to the increasing philosophical interest in comic art Includes a preface by the renowned comics author Warren Ellis Many of the chapters are illustrated, and the book carries a stunning cover by the rising young comics star David Heatley

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Aaron Meskin is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on aesthetics and other philosophical subjects. His work on comics has been published in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism and the British Journal of Aesthetics . He was the first aesthetics editor for the online journal Philosophy Compass, and he co-edited Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007). He is a former Trustee of the American Society for Aesthetics and is Treasurer of the British Society of Aesthetics. Roy T. Cook is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a Resident Fellow at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, and an Associate Fellow of the Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on philosophical logic, mathematical logic, philosophy of mathematics, and more recently on the aesthetics of comics. He previously edited The Arche Papers on the Mathematics of Abstraction (2007), and is the author of A Dictionary of Philosophical Logic (2009).

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"The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Introduction" is the first-ever collection of essays published in English devoted to the philosophical questions raised by the art of comics. The volume, which includes a preface by the renowned comics author Warren Ellis, contains ten cutting-edge essays on a range of philosophical topics raised by comics and graphic novels. These include the definition of comics, the nature of comics genres, the relationship between comics and other arts such as film and literature, the way words and pictures combine in comics, comics authorship, the "language" of comics, and the metaphysics of comics.The book also contains an in-depth introduction by the co-editors which provides an overview of both the book and its subject, as well as a brief history of comics and an overview of extant work on the philosophy of comics.In an area of growing philosophical interest, this volume constitutes a great leap forward in the development of this fast expanding field, and makes a major contribution to the philosophy of art.

Table of contents

Editors' Acknowledgments vii List of Figures viii Notes on Contributors ix Foreword xii Warren Ellis The Art and Philosophy of Comics: An Introduction xiv Aaron Meskin and Roy T. Cook Part One: The Nature and Kinds of Comics 1 1 Redefining Comics 3 John Holbo 2 The Ontology of Comics 31 Aaron Meskin 3 Comics and Collective Authorship 47 Christy Mag Uidhir 4 Comics and Genre 68 Catharine Abell Part Two: Comics and Representation 85 5 Wordy Pictures: Theorizing the Relationship between Image and Text in Comics 87 Thomas E. Wartenberg 6 What's So Funny? Comic Content in Depiction 105 Patrick Maynard 7 The Language of Comics 125 Darren Hudson Hick Part Three: Comics and the Other Arts 145 8 Making Comics into Film 147 Henry John Pratt 9 Why Comics Are Not Films: Metacomics and Medium Specific Conventions 165 Roy T. Cook 10 Proust's In Search of Lost Time : The Comics Version 188 David Carrier Index 203