Friday, September 11, 2009
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: http://avance.randomflux.info/
an e-book edition with an introduction by me, in US page size: http://www.literatemachine.com/product/michael-jacobson/action-figures
or you can buy a glorious lo-fi paperback copy: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/action-figures/5728952
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: http://zoesadokierski.blogspot.com/ (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.