Comic Strip: a Window Through

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Elizha Marie N. MendrosEng 10 THV2
BSGE. 2012-35076Mooney, I.
Comic Strip: A Window Through
Can you remember those humorous stories lay out mainly through attractive drawings and a little of words, that you have seen in media like magazines or newspapers? Can you remember those which come in black and white, and some in colored layout? Maybe you have also known about some greatly popular ones such as Bill Watterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes”, Winsor McCay’s “Little Nemo”, Charles Schulz’ “Peanuts”, George Herriman’s “Krazy Kat”, and Walt Kelly’s “Pogo”. Those narrative drawings are called comic strips.

Comic strip, as already given a glimpse previously, is a combination of cartoon and story line. It depicts fictional and usually comical incident through pictures of some things that will represent the idea of the strip. We often see lots of illustrations, shapes, lines, and other artistic strokes brought into the canvas. But those didn’t come in the canvas without a hand that pushes and leads the pens and brushes to make that mixture of elements into a piece of art. The strips are written and drawn by comic artists and cartoonists.

Going deeper to what a comic strip really is, it is important to know about the essential things going on in its system.
The comic strip cartoonist Dave Kellett described the work needed in creating a comic strip by relating it to the work needed in the cinema or the theater. In those fields, indeed, it takes the collective efforts of a writer, casting agent, costumer, choreographer, and director to bring their art to life. In the comic strip, all those positions are rolled into one. This made a comic strip somehow similar to a tiny play, in which the cartoonist gets to act out all the roles. Comic strip cartoonists give their characters voice, populate their world, tell them where to stand and what to do, and even add the special effects when the characters get hit with an anvil.

According also to Kellett, in...
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