Friday, September 11, 2009

Action Figures

this is a page from Michael Jacobson's Action Figures.

comics, or not?

there's an e-book edition published by me, in A4 page size:
an e-book edition with an introduction by me, in US page size:
or you can buy a glorious lo-fi paperback copy:

we all know the categories of conventional novels & graphic novels, but what about those things in between, like Michael's Action Figures & The Giant's Fence, Rosaire Appel's books, Cementimental's book, Max Ernst's Une semaine de bonté & La femme 100 têtes, Raymond Federman's Double or Nothing & others?

& further, there are examples of mainly verbal fiction, which use a heavy dose of graphics. A good example: Fantomas contra los vampiros multinacionales, by Julio Cortázar, which has a mixture of straight text (en español), comics & other graphics. (thanks, Xavier, for showing me this.)

Zoë Sadokierski, a professional book designer & scholar, is researching typographically enhanced fiction: (there's a list of "Fictional prose with graphic elements" on the right hand side).

the first edition of volume 3 of Laurence Sterne's novel Tristram Shandy (1761) included a page of marbling, inspired by Turkish ebru marbling. Some commentators say that the author was trying to represent Tristram's state of mind.

1 comment:

  1. Jacobson's 'Action Figures' instigates some conversation between comics, sequence art and hieroglyphs - while being a little outside all those categories. this is increasingly rare in our world: a species undefined.


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