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Whilst the word "comics" can be used as a shorthand term to define "comic strips", "comic books" or even a "British comic", McCloud's definition of the term so as to define the artform or language used within such formats to create narratives, a definition which has now become established within comics scholarship and the readership, is the one with we which we shall base our article at comics on, and will be the root level of all articles upon "comics", breaking out areas of greater coverage as per Wikipedia:Summary style.
The article at comics should discuss: the etymology of the term, the different definitions and usages; the history of comics; the two forms of comics, the publication formats comics takes; the formal conventions of comics; genres of comics; movements within comics; and the community surrounding comics.
The history of comics
This should be an overview referencing sub-articles based on focussed topics including:
- Formative stages of comics
- Early newspaper comics
- The Golden Age
- The Silver Age
- The Modern Age
The "comic strip" (also known as the strip cartoon), and the "panel cartoon", are the two forms within comics, the former being composed of sequential images, (sequential cartoons, hence strip cartoon), and the latter being a single image.
Formats which employ the "comic strip" are:
Forms of the "panel cartoon" are:
The comic book format includes the following sub-formats, all of which are forms of comic book but are either regional variations or terms preferred for marketing or artistic purposes. All of these terms are common usage, and have been broken out into sub-articles where appropriate following conventions at Wikipedia:Summary style
Sub formats of the comic book
Formal conventions of comics
It is hoped that this can be expanded to cover both the comics vocabulary of Eastern comics and the comics vocabulary of Western comics.
Genres of comics
It is hoped that we can establish sub-articles on comics within each of these genres:
- Anthropomorphic/funny animal
- Autobiographical comics
- Dramatic adventure
- Science fiction
- Comics awards
- Comics conventions
- Comics creators
- Comics criticism
- Comics movements
Regional pages would look at the form within a specific country, for example:
branching into the following sub-articles:
which would also branch into smaller sub-articles where applicable.
The following is an incomplete list of reference works that are believed to be of use:
- Mike Benton, The Comic Book in America Taylor Publishing 1989
- Eddie Campbell, alec: how to be an artist Eddie Campbell Comics 2001
- David Collier, The Aesthetics of Comics
- Les Daniels Comix, A History of Comic Books in America Bonanza Books 1971
- Will Eisner Comics and Sequential Art Poorhouse Press 1985
- Will Eisner Graphic Storytelling Poorhouse Press 1995
- Mark Estren A History of Underground Comics Straight Arrow Press 1987
- Ron Goulart Over 50 Years of American Comic Books Publications International 1991
- Ron Goulart The Funnies: 100 Years of American Comic Strips
- R. C. Harvey The Art of the Comic Book: an Aesthetic History University of Mississippi 1995
- R. C. Harvey The Art of the Funnies: an Aesthetic History University of Mississippi 1994
- Maurice Horn ed. The World Encyclopedia of Comics Avon 1977
- Gerard Jones & Will Jacobs The Comic Book Heroes Prima 1996
- David Kunzle A History of the Comic Strip University of California 1973 and 1989
- Harvey Kurtzman From Aargh to Zap! Prentice Hall 1991
- Rick Marschall America’s Great Comic Strip Artists Cross River Press 1989
- Scott McCloud Understanding Comics - the Invisible Art HarperCollins 1994
- Scott McCloud Reinventing Comics HarperCollins 2000
- Trina Robbins A Century of Women Cartoonists Kitchen Sink 1992
- Roger Sabin Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels: a History of Comic Art Phaidon 1996
- ed. Bill Blackbeard & M. Williams The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics Smithsonian Institution 1988
- ed. Bill Blackbeard & Dale Crain The Comic Strip Century two-volume slipcased collection Kitchen Sink 1995
- ed. Gary Groth & R. Fiore The New Comics Berkley Books 1988
- The Comics Journal magazine
- Tom Spurgeon lists a far greater number of books at The Comics Reporter
- Spurgeon also maintains a sizeable collection of comics links
- The Comic Book Legal Defence Fund maintains a Censorship of Comics Bibliography
- The comics research bibliography is maintained by Michael Rhode and John Bullough.
- ComicsResearch.org's Comics Scholarship Annotated Bibliographies maintained by Gene Kannenberg, Jr.
- Comic Art in Scholarly Writing: A Citation Guide offers up a way to cite comic books, strips and cartoons in reference sections.
- The Comics Scholars' Discussion List offers a mailing list and links to many other pages that may be of use.
- The HUEMULIN COMICS.