Representing experience in comics: Carnet de Voyage

Davies, Paul Fisher (2016) Representing experience in comics: Carnet de Voyage. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 7 (2). pp. 117-133. ISSN 2150-4857

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Comics offer distinctive approaches to representing experience, combining the modalities of the visual and the verbal in compatible ways. In his Carnet de Voyage -- created during a trip publicising Blankets (2003) and researching for Habibi (2011), and later published as "a little snack" to cover the long wait between these books -- Craig Thompson uses a range of approaches to render his travel experience in words and pictures, ranging from the recognisably comics-like to more diaristic and sketchbook modes, similar to carnets published by l'Association. This article uses Thompson's Carnet to illustrate a variety of ways in which human experience, internal and external, is construed in images as in language, and how those modes interact. I employ a framework for describing how experience can be rendered in graphic narrative, based on a Hallidayan functional model of language similar to that explored in Kress & van Leeuwin's Reading Images and O'Toole's The Language of Displayed Art.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: carnets de voyage, systemic functional linguistics, multimodality, phatic, text world theory
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Paul Fisher Davies - English
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 08:51
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2016 13:54
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