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The Board and the Body: Material Constraints and Style in Graphic Narrative

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Pat Grant

University of Technology, Sydney, AU
About Pat
Pat Grant is the author of the graphic novel 'Blue' which has won multiple awards and was listed as one of the great graphic novels of 2012 by Salon. He has been telling stories with pictures since he graduated with a degree in creative writing in 2005. He is a lecturer in animation at UTS in Sydney and is currently working on his next major graphic novel 'The Grot', which will be published by Top Shelf (US) Ici Meme (France) and Bao (Italy).
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This article traces the development of grief memoir told in the language of comics. The autobiographical comic called Toormina Video is an occasion to investigate the role of the moving body in the process of creating graphic narratives. Cartooning can be seen as a performative mode of handwriting in which material rules and practical decisions constrain the drawing body and have a significant influence on the poetic and literary outcomes. The article demonstrates how graphic style in the comic book is in part the result of an antagonism between the literary impulse and the material restraints that structure the author’s workflow. The comic under discussion is available to read online. Are we able to include a link to the work to enrich the experience? Toormina Video – http://www.patgrantart.com/toominavideo/toorminavideo.html. Blue – http://www.boltonblue.com/.
How to Cite: Grant, P., 2019. The Board and the Body: Material Constraints and Style in Graphic Narrative. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9(1), p.4. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.145
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  Published on 20 Feb 2019

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