PREVIOUS: [Manga] pt. 3 [Comics] and commerce, of course, have a long and tangled history, from the use of Outcault’s Buster Brown character as an advertising mascot for the Brown Shoe Company to the still current[1] use of Schulz’s Peanuts character in ads for the insurance company MetLife. However, long before Buster, advertisements in print […]

PREVIOUS: [Manga] pt. 2 2. Periodic[al] Reading In the comments section to an earlier version of the argument[s] about to follow, Stewart, in response to my reading of a particular page from the July 31st, 1907 issue of Puck (above), gave what I presume to be a rather likely objection to the entire purview of […]

PREVIOUS: [Manga] pt. 1 The idealism of honga as “high art” and the exaggeration of ponchi as “low art,” with which Ippei juxtaposes [manga] at one point and another, are constrained, limited forms of expression, whereas [manga] is seemingly more free in how and what it depicts and therefore more semiotically open. His definition, then, […]

PREVIOUS: Allen Say’s Drawing From Memory and Chapter 1 – Conclusion: What We Fail to Contemplate Contemplates Us Chapter 2 – [Manga] No one knows exactly when the first Japanese tried his or her hand at cartooning, or why, but it was probably with a playful, irrepressible spirit. Frederik L. Schodt, Manga! Manga! 1. [Manga] […]

[all apologies for one-week-belatedness, but earlier drafts of this simply did not cohere] PREVIOUS: Chapter 1 – Conclusion: What We Fail to Contemplate Contemplates Us Intermissive 1 – Allen Say’s Drawing From Memory My original intentions were to simply let the abrupt transition from chapter 1 to the rather idiosyncratic treatment of [manga] in chapter […]

PREVIOUS: Part 4 For a casual reader of the ILN, though, one likely not to have access to archives, reprint collections of historical photographs, and other artifactual detritus of the past, such an understanding of an etching/engraving/line art as derivative of some other more “original” form is all but impossible.  Moreover, it may have mattered […]

PREVIOUS: Part 3 2. [Comic] Re-presentation, or How Photography Became the “Reality Copy” Ordinary thinking about photography seems to vacillate between two wildly different extremes: it is either a mystical death mask imprisoning the innermost of one’s being or hardly there at all and the images of objects taken as the objects themselves, or at […]


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