Understanding Comics Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapter 1, Setting the Record Straight

• Comics is explained as a vessel or a medium for art, not a specific type of content.

• Comics is a medium and should be regarded as an art form, just as visual arts, the written word and movies are.

• This art form is potentially limitless and exciting.
• A detailed definition of comics is given after several revisions - juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence.

• Comics should not be defined too narrowly.

• Scott demonstrates several examples of such a definition.
• The art of comics has a long history in several different cultures.

• In 1519, Cortes discovered a painted screenfold depicting the story of a military and political hero.

• A tapestry was discovered depicting the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

• Egyptian paintings, not hieroglyphics, also tell stories in picture murals.
• The definition of comics is debatable and may change over time.

• Comics readers play...

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