Sunday, August 3, 2014
A week ago I gave a poster presentation on Alex Toth at the San Diego Comic Con. Here are the components of the poster. (They were laid out in two tiers of four.) Since I do mention abstract comics, compare to them Toth's page compositions, and discuss his abstract doodles, I thought this might be interesting to readers of this blog. Please keep in mind that the text is supposed to be just bullet points, brief summaries of my theses, and that I greatly expanded on them when discussing this subject with the attendees. I will expand this into a proper essay (or more) at some point.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Here's a page from Olaus Magnus' book Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus / History of the Northern Peoples, published in Rome in 1555, while Olaus was in exile from his native Sweden. He also did many of the illustrations in addition to writing the book. Many of the other illustrations, such as those here, are also good fun. If you replaced the fanciful shapes with more "realistic" forms of snowflakes, you'd end up with something even closer to what we consider to be abstract comics.