Comics as art and literatureThe Drawn Book As Art And LiteratureComics as art and literature6 years ago in Historical More Like This
(Originally composed for an academic comics symposium)
As proof that the drawn book is art and literature, I am going to build my article around one publication or source: my own books.
I have chosen this approach because my work is original. It is not couched in the comics tradition. I did not learn to draw or write in that tradition. My work entered that publishing world fully formed after years of private practice..
If anything, my work is based in the classical arts and literatures of the world. My first writing model is Kipling, with his poetic English, flavored with the Hindi vernacular with which he was raised. My own work reflects my long study of the German language (including a B.A. in German language and Literature, from Ohio State University) with its ability to easily express complex and esoteric concepts. It's hard to say complicated things in Eng