Essays on Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia
Chapter Seven: Alan Moore, “Secondary Literacy,” and the Modernism of the Graphic Novel
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Alan Moore, “Secondary Literacy,” and the Modernism of the Graphic Novel
Whether articulated as potentially genuine beings who can be looked at from any side or as more limited, two-dimensional visual figures, comic characters are presented as occupying spatial and temporal locations distinct from other such characters and belonging to an underlying world that exists independent of the panels in which the characters appear—an alternative universe whose “real” dimension seems to depend on events that have been cut out or are occurring between the panels.
—DONALD AULT, “Imagetextuality: ‘Cutting Up’ Again, pt. III”
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