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Comics That Aren’t Comics

Kieron Gillen provides a thought that’ll bug me for days:

I’m sitting next to Mathilde Remy, the legendary insane French-Woman of Joystick Magazine and probably the most important games journalist alive.

She argues that Understanding Comics is – in fact – not a comic. It uses the tools of the form, but is in fact something else entirely. Comics exist to provoke emotion – they are a narrative form. Understanding Comics is, therefore, not one. I take the McCloud line, pulling out the plane’s safety card, and pointing at the the diagram of people donning safety gear that couldn’t possibly save them from any aeroplane mishap. “This is a comic,” I say. She disagrees. It uses the techniques, but is not in itself a comic…

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