Comics: The Most Misunderstood Art Forms

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Comics is one of the most misunderstood art forms. There are many definitions of what a comic can be, many forms comics can take, and a more significant history to comics than one would expect. Many misconceptions surround comics and what a comic is, such as the perception of the stereotypical comic strip of a superhero saving the day; I myself never honestly gave comics a second thought and accepted this idea of them. Being able to define and understand comics brings a new light on the significance of them and how they mimic society. “Comics are what people call comics.” Eddie Campbell gave comics this definition because he believed other definitions, such as R.C. Harvey’s or Scott McCloud’s, were too formal and excluded certain pieces of art. A common way to think of comics is pictures juxtaposed with words to tell a story. There are many different forms a comic can take, including editorial, magazine, cartoons, comic strip, comic book, graphic novel, manga, and online. All of those are different genres in comics, however, comics are not a genre themselves; comics are a medium, which can be any means in which an art form is expressed. Certain comics, like Calvin and Hobbes, are frequently overlooked because they don’t fit the stereotype, and the idea that comics is not its own genre but a style that is used in many genres is often neglected. Understanding this allows us to recognize how prominent comics actually are in our society. Knowing about comics and how they

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