Part interpretive criticism, part philosophical meditation, Regarding Frames: Thinking with Comics in the Twenty-First Century explores the ways that literary comics engage readers in the mutual construction of meaning. Kwa draws from a wide range of philosophical, critical, and theoretical texts to analyze the visual and verbal narrative strategies that artists use. She examines the work of comic artists Gabrielle Bell, Michael DeForge, Kevin Huizenga, Laura Park, and Dash Shaw who construct their particular visions of the world. These creators’ experiments with form pose questions about the difference between how things appear to be and how they are. Regarding Frames makes a case for the rewards of close reading at the surface.
Shiamin Kwa is associate professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
RIT Press is pleased to announce Regarding Frames as the fifth book published in its Comics Studies Monograph Series. The series editor is Terrence Wandtke, professor at Judson University.
Publisher: RIT Press (02/2020)
Size: 7 x 10 in.
Shipping Weight: 1lb
Table of Contents
ix Preface and Acknowledgments
Regarding Frames: Thinking with Comics in the Twenty-First Century
1 Chapter 1
Gabrielle Bell Makes Her Point
39 Chapter 2
Lingering at the Surface: Kevin Huizenga’s Rhythmic Time Signatures
79 Chapter 3
Next Level: Separations in the Work of Dash Shaw
109 Chapter 4
The Impossible Objects of Michael DeForge
153 Chapter 5
Tiny Voices: Laura Park and the Narratives of Scale