The Art of the Funnies Robert C. Harvey

ISBN: 9780878056125

Published: July 1st 1994

Hardcover

252 pages


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The Art of the Funnies  by  Robert C. Harvey

The Art of the Funnies by Robert C. Harvey
July 1st 1994 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 252 pages | ISBN: 9780878056125 | 4.31 Mb

The comic strip was created by rival newspapers of the Hearst and the Pulitzer organizations as a device for increasing circulation. In the United States it quickly became an institution that soon spread worldwide as a favorite form of popularMoreThe comic strip was created by rival newspapers of the Hearst and the Pulitzer organizations as a device for increasing circulation. In the United States it quickly became an institution that soon spread worldwide as a favorite form of popular culture. What made the comic strip so enduring? This fascinating study by one of the few comics critics to develop sound critical principles by which to evaluate the comics as works of art and literature unfolds the history of the funnies and reveals the subtle art of how the comic strip blends words and pictures to make its impact.

Together, these create meaning that neither conveys by itself. The Art of The Funnies offers a critical vocabulary for the appreciation of the newspaper comic strip as an art form and shows that full awareness of the artistry comes from considering both the verbal and the visual elements of the medium.

The techniques of creating a comic strip - breaking down the narrative, composition of the panel, planning the layout - have remained constant since comic strips were originated. Since 1900 with Winsor McCays Little Nemo in Slumberland key cartoonists have relied on the union of words and pictures to give the funnies their continuing appeal. This art has persisted in such milestone achievements as Bud Fishers Mutt and Jeff, George McManuss Bringing Up Father, Sidney Smiths The Gumps, Roy Cranes Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy, Harold Grays Little Orphan Annie, Chester Goulds Dick Tracy, Zack Mosleys Smilin Jack, Harold Fosters Tarzan, Alex Raymonds Secret Agent X-9, Jungle Jim, and Flash Gordon, Milton Caniffs Terry and the Pirates, E.

C. Segars Popeye, George Herrimans Krazy Kat, and Walt Kellys Pogo. In morerecent times with Mort Walkers Beetle Bailey, Charles Schulzs Peanuts. Johnny Harts B.C., T.K. Ryans Tumbleweeds, Garry Trudeaus Doonesbury, and Bill Wattersons Calvin and Hobbes, the artform has evolved with new developments, yet the aesthetics of the funnies remain basic



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