Synopses & Reviews
The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Introduction
is the first-ever collection of essays published in English devoted to the philosophical questions raised by the art of comics. The volume, which includes a preface by the renowned comics author Warren Ellis, contains ten cutting-edge essays on a range of philosophical topics raised by comics and graphic novels. These include the definition of comics, the nature of comics genres, the relationship between comics and other arts such as film and literature, the way words and pictures combine in comics, comics authorship, the "language" of comics, and the metaphysics of comics.
The book also contains an in-depth introduction by the co-editors which provides an overview of both the book and its subject, as well as a brief history of comics and an overview of extant work on the philosophy of comics.In an area of growing philosophical interest, this volume constitutes a great leap forward in the development of this fast expanding field, and makes a major contribution to the philosophy of art.
The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach is the first-ever anthology on the aesthetics of comics in the analytic tradition. As such, it is predictably rigorous, but, perhaps more surprisingly, it exhibits a very deep love of comics as well as an intimate and close knowledge of the artform in all its diversity and detail. The book is a splendid addition to the growing body of work on the philosophies of the arts.
-Noel Carroll, The Graduate Philosophy Program, CUNY
This is a groundbreaking collection that sets the agenda for philosophical reflection on the nature of comics and their place among the arts. Readers will find their thought bubbles bursting out on every page, as fresh insights are delineated and new questions are framed.
-Jesse Prinz, The Graduate Philosophy Program, CUNY
A new, rich topic is always welcome in philosophy. Comics are just such a topic in the philosophy of art, and this excellent collection is a splendid opportunity to explore the subject.
-Ted Cohen, University of Chicago
The Art of Comics
is the first-ever collection of essays published in English devoted to the philosophical topics raised by comics and graphic novels. In an area of growing philosophical interest, this volume constitutes a great leap forward in the development of this fast expanding field, and makes a powerful contribution to the philosophy of art.
- The first-ever anthology to address the philosophical issues raised by the art of comics
- Provides an extensive and thorough introduction to the field, and to comics more generally
- Responds to the increasing philosophical interest in comic art
- Includes a preface by the renowned comics author Warren Ellis
- Many of the chapters are illustrated, and the book carries a stunning cover by the rising young comics star David Heatley
About the Author
is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on aesthetics and other philosophical subjects. His work on comics has been published in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
and the British Journal of Aesthetics
. He was the first aesthetics editor for the online journal Philosophy Compass,
and he co-edited Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2007). He is a former Trustee of the American Society for Aesthetics and is Treasurer of the British Society of Aesthetics.
Roy T. Cook is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a Resident Fellow at the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, and an Associate Fellow of the Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on philosophical logic, mathematical logic, philosophy of mathematics, and more recently on the aesthetics of comics. He previously edited The Arché Papers on the Mathematics of Abstraction (2007), and is the author of A Dictionary of Philosophical Logic (2009).
Table of Contents
List of Figures viii
Notes on Contributors ix
The Art and Philosophy of Comics: An Introduction xiv
Aaron Meskin and Roy T. Cook
Part One: The Nature and Kinds of Comics 1
1 Redefining Comics 3
2 The Ontology of Comics 31
3 Comics and Collective Authorship 47
Christy Mag Uidhir
4 Comics and Genre 68
Part Two: Comics and Representation 85
5 Wordy Pictures: Theorizing the Relationship between Image and Text in Comics 87
Thomas E. Wartenberg
6 What’s So Funny? Comic Content in Depiction 105
7 The Language of Comics 125
Darren Hudson Hick
Part Three: Comics and the Other Arts 145
8 Making Comics into Film 147
Henry John Pratt
9 Why Comics Are Not Films: Metacomics and Medium‐Specific Conventions 165
Roy T. Cook
10 Proust’s In Search of Lost Time : The Comics Version 188