• Paul Fisher Davies
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels book series (PSCGN)


This chapter lays down the groundwork for the book, considering comics and their relation to communicative action and narrative drawing. It discusses in some detail the idea of treating comics as a language and surveys some approaches to this strategy. It frames some key questions for the book: How can images do what words do? How do comics communicate processes? How do they incorporate the abstract? How do they cohere as a unified text? The chapter makes a case for treating comics as ‘utterance’ and outlines the Hallidayan basis of the conception of language to be used in the book. It ends with a guide to the book’s structure.


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