The Visual Language of Comics: Introduction to the Structure and Cognition of Sequential Images - Neil Cohn

Francesco-Alessio Ursini

Abstract


Neil Cohn’s The Visual Language of Comics provides an interesting introduction to “Visual Language” (henceforth VL) theory, which is a theory about the “language” through which comics are produced and interpreted. The book presents VL as a theory that can capture the psychological and cultural aspects of comics’ creation and consumption. For instance, it offers an account on how readers can interpret and memorize complex sequences and pages of panels to form coherent stories. The book also discusses how the visuals used in American comics and Japanese manga can be seen as “dialects”: that is, distinct images of a more general “language”. The overarching theory of VL can thus be seen as a theory of the mind-internal (i.e. psychological) and mind-external (i.e. cultural) processes that allow readers and comics artists to use this visual language in order to create comics, manga, bande dessinées and so on.

Our goal in this review is to [...]

Keywords


comics studies; theoretical linguistics; experimental psychology;

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