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Comics to Film
Transcript of Comics to Film
It is difficult to argue that a film is a kind of novel or painting, but it is tempting for scholars of literature to regard comics as novels with pictures – a trend helped by labeling them as pictures with text, or for film scholars to treat them as frozen film. Comics manifest at the intersection of text, image, and sequence. Because they are a hybrid form, it is deceptively easy to focus on their similarities to other media, and ignore their uniqueness. Yet, while comics are similar to the subject matter of many disciplines, they are also markedly different (Berninger, Ecke, and Haberkorn 1). Audiences Another factor to consider in any adaptation is, of course, the audience. In the case of comic book or graphic novel adaptations the audiences can be quite different. One reason for this is because audiences have often spent a great deal of time with these characters before they ever see a film. Superman is a prime example because the character was created in 1938. As a result, there are many fans who have spent their entire lives with this character thus changing their views and expectations of a film adaptation. Some fans even express fear at their favourite comics and graphic novels being adapted into films. In the article, "When Gen-X Met the X-Men" the authors expand on this idea stating that fans of the comic or graphic novel fear that a “symbolic violence [is] being perpetrated on the beloved story and its characters by a botched, 'Hollywood-ized' translation.” This fear of how the film will turn out is motivated by the comic book fan’s sense of how the film should be before even watching it and this opinion will be based entirely on their individual experience of the original material (Rae & Gray 87). Conclusion In conclusion, while this presentation has merely skimmed the surface of the relationship between comic books and film, hopefully it has provided some points to reflect upon and discuss. This topic is certainly one which is being discussed more than ever before and will continue to evolve over time. Thank you for your attention and please see the discussion board for the questions I have posed on this topic. Works Cited “300 Comparison.” Photograph. www.solaceincinema.com. Web. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
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“X-Men Logo.” Photograph. www.officialpsds.com. Web. Retrieved 19 September 2012. Exploring the Connection between Comic Books and Film Cont’d Dave Gibbons, who is perhaps best known for helping to create Watchmen, also weighs in on this particular issue in a candid statement in which he says:
A lot of people make this parallel between comics and film, but I think it’s a completely bogus comparison. A comic’s script looks a bit like a film script and comic art looks a bit like storyboards, but there is no sound in a comic book and no movement. Also, with a comic book the reader can backtrack, you can reach page 20 and say ‘Hey, that’s what that was all about in that scene in page 3’ and then nip back and have a look” (qtd. in Hughes 1). Created By: Kelly Stinn