Narrative Structure in Comics
Title Details

192 Pages

25.4 x 17.7 cm

10 colour. 30 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Comics Studies Monograph Series

Imprint: RIT Press

Narrative Structure in Comics

Making Sense of Fragments

by Barbara Postema

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An examination of the narrative and pictorial qualities of comics and how these help comics to communicate and create meaning.
In Narrative Structure in Comics: Making Sense of Fragments, Barbara Postema seeks to explain how comics communicate and create meaning, with an emphasis on two aspects of comics. She first examines the pictorial quality ofcomics, which receives more emphasis than verbal/textual elements. Her second focus is upon the storytelling and narrative qualities of comics, as well as the literary explorations they provide. The "narrative structure" refersto the potential of images, the story telling capacities of panels, and the sequence of panels, in addition to the more traditional narratological concepts. Overall, the author presents a credible rationale for the way in which comics structure their narratives. At every level of communication, comics rely on gaps or absences to create meaning and guide the reader to a meaningful experience.

RIT Press is pleased to announce Narrative Structure in Comics as the first book published in its Comics Monograph Series.

BARBARA POSTEMA is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ryerson University in Toronto, where she is working on a project about wordless comics. She has published several articles in the International Journal of Comic Art.
Preface
Introduction: Picture Stories: Comics Considered
Draw a Thousand Words: Signification Within Panels
Concerning The In-Between: Layout in Frames and Gutters
All in a Row: Creating Action Through Sequences
Combining Signs: Image-Text Relations
Show And Tell: The Process Of Narration
Illustrations
Appendix A: Comics Terminology
Appendix B: Comics History and Genre Overview
Bibliography
Index

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9781933360959

June 2013

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Title Details

192 Pages

2.54 x 1.77 cm

10 colour. 30 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Comics Studies Monograph Series

Imprint: RIT Press