On the language of comic strips

Since moving to Fast Company’s, John Brownlee’s been on a roll: everything he’s written for them is ace. The latest is Quimps, Plewds and Grawlixes: The Secret Language of Comic Strips, a review Mort Walker’s obscure-ish 1980s Lexicon on Comicana. To Walker, understanding the design language of the comics was important. Cartooning is usually one… READ THE REST

There is a serious scholarly work to be had in comparing the visual vocabulary of American comics as laid forth by Walker, and the visual vocabularies of European and Asian comics. Plus of course looking at how they’ve merged and cross-bred as international distribution becomes easier.

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