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Society for the Appreciation of Graphical Albums


Society for the Appreciation of Graphical Albums

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Latest Activity: Oct 12, 2012

A Designated Area to Discuss and Relate those Peculiar Concoctions of Images and Words Bound Up as Graphical Narratives or Picture Novels, Commonly Called Comic Books.

Presenting a concerted effort to establish a collected forum surrounding graphical accounts, that utilize the particular interplay involving pictorial narrative and interconnected text comingled in a sequential manner, sometimes referred to as comic or picture books, yet also variously bespoke as bilderstreifen or bildergeschicter, benzi desenate, historietas, fotonovela, and torietas. Often these curious combinations are layed out in a single strip, such as David Malki's electronic runs of his extraordinary web series WONDERMARK: AN ILLUSTRATED JOCULARITY:

~Wherein the primary intent is to extensively explore a wide range of these married works- representing worldly relations of the peculiar admixture involving pictures and words- that despite the latter marks presented often being indecipherable due to particular textual comprehension, are visually aided round the former shapes and symbols that pictorially inform and are frequently drawn from similar universal outlined sources and subjects.

~Therefore while the sequential subjects considered and referred to in their selected excerpts will be primarily shared in written interpretations of English, (translated from multiple languages consulting secondary sources), the contiguous descriptions shown will endeavor to ‘directly’ depict multi-cultural examples. Although certain personal aesthetic biases, ranged awareness, and accumulated knowledge will undoubtedly affect the inclusion and interpretation, (the translation into English, formatted both culturally and textually), throughout this electronic exposition, it is an ongoing goal to expand upon this growing graphic ground covered through the additional insight of the universal audience addressed, either through experienced remarks, initial revelations, or reconsiderations from recent comic-book converts.

~The material imparted will be sectioned in a specific manner, ranging from past exemplary or leading examples of the ‘komik’ medium pulled from multiple points and numerous cultures through to current renditions. While their will be no strict timeline imposed or directly followed, a referenced chronological account will be consulted based around the history of comics. The listed areas will acknowledge the commendable sequential stories or short panels along with the more bizarre, mediocre, and lamentable examples encountered.

~Comparative cross references considering comics will be additionally noted, that have been consulted toward the individual compunction to gather my former scattered rants, recommendations, and reviews within this wider realm rallying round the promotion and avowed personal devotion that continues to be wrapped up in singular picture novels and pert panels- despite the dreadful diluvia that continues to be massively churned out in a depersonalized heap or streamed as popular pixilated pap.

~Certainly previous canonical comic relations are to be energetically challenged, and reviewed according to their past placement with an accumulated current awareness toward their surrounding or imported cultural influence. For instance, in the Nineteenth Century the influx of Japanese prints had a definite impact upon the graphic outlines of Western illustration that has continued toward the inspiration that artists such as Frank Miller drew from the graphic saga ‘Kozure Okami’ introduced in America in the late 1980’s as Lone Wolf and Cub, unto the present stylistic persistence dynamically duplicated, refashioned, or republished from Japan known collectively in the states (primarily) as manga.

~As the wider realm in which we communicate is actively engaged with the diverse aspects or facets involved with intermingling what some circumscribe as Steampunk, there will be a predominant area of relevant interest set upon and around the ‘graphical narratives’ and precocious panels that display or depict this often contumacious confluence. By peering into the major and minor treatments both within the established graphic examples that encompass acknowledged characteristics, elements and known eras, (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Scarlet Traces), combined with the contended comics that elaborate or extend around this evolving concept, (Tom Strong, Rex Mundi), it is hoped that an informative and lively debate will be sparked, while igniting further interest to pursue a fuller individual reading.

Discussion Forum

Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant.

Started by Noah Meernaum Oct 12, 2012. 0 Replies

In catching up on comics that most times pile up and are put by in other tasks, I have recently had time to read the collected comic strips of Kate Beaton released in print as Hark! A Vagrant…Continue

Tags: Wells, Edgar, Poe, H.G., Verne

Matt Phelen's Around the World graphic venture

Started by Noah Meernaum Apr 7, 2012. 0 Replies

As various figures are rendered in graphic form from the fantastic to the historical within the drawn posibilities of steampunk, Matt Phelen in Around the World (2011) has chosen three respective…Continue

Tags: Nellie, Bly, novel, graphic, Phelen

Jeff Smith’s graphic grasp in Rasl

Started by Noah Meernaum Feb 18, 2012. 0 Replies

Admittedly, there are many graphic creators whose work while touching upon aspects of what some may permit or perhaps concede as representing steampunk, otherwise include or render the certain…Continue

Tags: Tesla, Rasl, Smith, Jeff, comics

An announcement of a intended review and following offer pertaining to the relative versions of Jean Giraud's/Moebius's “Le Garage Hermétique de Lewis Carnelian”

Started by Noah Meernaum Jan 25, 2012. 0 Replies

After refocusing from a current completion of a protracted illustration, there was a return to a revised review due to a misinformed personal past reply made in these larger environs concerning Jean…Continue

Tags: Hermétique, de, Lewis, Carnelian, Garage

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Comment by Noah Meernaum on September 28, 2012 at 11:02am

Greeting to all. In my myriad activities there has been considerable delay in dropping in here. To those recent members, welcome, and of course to those previously met here continuing salutations. 

Comment by Kyth Fish on July 3, 2012 at 7:59am

Good morning,

Prof. Bats suggested that I should reiterate a post here that I shared in one of the Lit and Lang forums. I've been following a couple different steampunk web comics, and the one I've been most deeply enamored with is Red Moon Rising. It's a wonderful combination of good writing and exquisite pages.

I'd love to hear other opinions about it, !

Comment by Noah Meernaum on April 15, 2012 at 2:20pm

Greetings to CB O'C.

Comment by Noah Meernaum on April 7, 2012 at 12:23pm

Proffeseur Bats,

I recall there was an advertisement of this film at a local theatre, then it never appeared. At the time the movie house said that a problem had developed with the distributors. Was looking forward to seeing it on the large screen, yet suppose will have to await the release as you have. Indeed, the actor in the role of Adèle Blanc-Sec appears more refined than Tardi conveyed, however your opinion of the costuming aligns with my own of a wonderful array. In terms of comparing graphic stories on paper and film, it is difficult to evaluate of equal terms, as such there have been film adaptions that have been turned of cinema or television in surprising ways; if not near the original relation. Please keep us informed of your particular evaluation of this French version.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on April 7, 2012 at 10:11am

Ha! And just as I finished typing, the mailman delivered said packaged. I shall let you know what we think of it.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on April 7, 2012 at 10:07am

I recently (finally!) ordered a disc device of the cinematographical rendition by Luc Besson of the  Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. I very much look forward to it. Anyone seen it, and does it do justice to the books, to the extent that any adaptation ever does?

The costumes and sets at least appear to be quite a treat... I hope I will get a good look at this hat and jacket featured on one poster. Is that not a sumptuous outfit? Although to think of it, the Adèle of the books did not come across as much of a fashionista. I think in this case the seamstress and milliner in me shall easily hush any complaints from the reader in me.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on April 7, 2012 at 10:00am

Yes indeed! Welcome to the group, and to the Empire!

Comment by Noah Meernaum on April 7, 2012 at 8:34am

Welcome Mr. Nielsen!

Comment by Noah Meernaum on January 11, 2012 at 8:09am

Greetings to S J Fuller Esquire and T.H. Cox for joining this comic crew or graphic group, depending on your preferred outlook.

Comment by Noah Meernaum on November 30, 2011 at 1:27pm

Bonjour Negra Cardia!



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