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A critical analysis of South African underground comics

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dc.contributor.author Breytenbach J-A en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:13:36Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:13:36Z
dc.date.submitted 1996 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/25649
dc.description.abstract Analyses several independently produced South African comics of the 1980s and early 1990s, in order to assess the artists' intentions and purposes. Discussion of the artists' sources focuses on definitions of different types of comics. As the artists are amateurs, the mechanical structure of comics is exposed through their skill in manipulating, and their initial ignorance of, comic conventions. By comparison, some explanation of how a comic works is reached. The element of closure is unique to comics, and is the most important consideration. Comic artists work with the intangible, creating from static elements an illusion of motion. Questions of quality are reliant on the skill with which closure is implemented. The art students who produced these comics are of a generation for whom popular culture is the dominant culture, and they create for an audience of peers. Their cultural milieu is more visual than verbal, and often media oriented. They must integrate a fine art training and understanding into the preset rules of a commercial medium. Confronted with the problem of a separation of languages, they evolve a new dialect. Through comparative and critical analyses it is shown how this dialect differs from the language of conventional comics, attempting in particular to explain how the mechanics of the comic medium affects its communicative potential. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Fine arts and History of art en
dc.subject Illustrations en
dc.subject 081 PERFORMING ARTS en
dc.title A critical analysis of South African underground comics en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree M Fine Art en

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