The Crossroads of the Aether
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.
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