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The Collage in Comics: The Case of Dave McKean

Maaheen Ahmed UGent (2017) Le statut culturel de la BD/ The Cultural Standing of Comics. In Texte-Image p.7-36
abstract
This chapter seeks to explore the interaction of Dave McKean's comics with collages, including the experimental collages merging different styles and techniques as well as the more programmatic collages prevalent in modern art movements that reflect the status and evolution of the conception of art itself. Far from subordinating comics to the biases of high art discourses, this comparison aims at revealing the extent to which the selected comics' interaction with collages and other techniques subsumed under the fine arts not only brings in new connotations and aesthetic textures to the comics but also destabilizes the cultural hierarchy of the arts and the compartmentalization associated with it. That McKean's works themselves often only marginally resemble comics further highlights the boundary-transgressing nature of the collage. The effects of such a technique, especially when it infiltrates the currently somewhat dubiously ranked medium of comics (thanks to its high art aspiring off-shoots like the graphic novel), are worth delineating because of its ability to subvert the high art-mass culture binary. The chapter situates this subversion in the abilities of the comics medium to mimic or absorb other visual and textual media.
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author
year
type
bookChapter
publication status
published
subject
keyword
Dave McKean, Collages, Graphic Novels, Comics
book title
Le statut culturel de la BD/ The Cultural Standing of Comics
editor
Jean-Louis Tilleuil, Stéphanie Delneste and Maaheen Ahmed UGent
series title
Texte-Image
pages
7 - 36
publisher
Academia-L'Harmattan
place of publication
Louvain-la-Neuve
conference name
Le statut culturel de la bande dessinée/The Cultural Standing of Comics
conference location
Louvain-la-Neuve
conference start
2013-05-2
conference end
2013-05-3
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
B2
id
5801859
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-5801859
date created
2015-01-10 13:46:24
date last changed
2017-01-11 13:49:41
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  abstract     = {This chapter seeks to explore the interaction of Dave McKean's comics with collages, including the experimental collages merging different styles and techniques as well as the more programmatic collages prevalent in modern art movements that reflect the status and evolution of the conception of art itself. Far from subordinating comics to the biases of high art discourses, this comparison aims at revealing the extent to which the selected comics' interaction with collages and other techniques subsumed under the fine arts not only brings in new connotations and aesthetic textures to the comics but also destabilizes the cultural hierarchy of the arts and the compartmentalization associated with it. That McKean's works themselves often only marginally resemble comics further highlights the boundary-transgressing nature of the collage. The effects of such a technique, especially when it infiltrates the currently somewhat dubiously ranked medium of comics (thanks to its high art aspiring off-shoots like the graphic novel), are worth delineating because of its ability to subvert the high art-mass culture binary. The chapter situates this subversion in the abilities of the comics medium to mimic or absorb other visual and textual media.},
  author       = {Ahmed, Maaheen},
  booktitle    = {Le statut culturel de la BD/ The Cultural Standing of Comics},
  editor       = {Tilleuil, Jean-Louis and Delneste, St{\'e}phanie  and Ahmed, Maaheen},
  keyword      = {Dave McKean,Collages,Graphic Novels,Comics},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Louvain-la-Neuve},
  pages        = {7--36},
  publisher    = {Academia-L'Harmattan},
  series       = {Texte-Image},
  title        = {The Collage in Comics: The Case of Dave McKean},
  year         = {2017},
}

Chicago
Ahmed, Maaheen. 2017. “The Collage in Comics: The Case of Dave McKean.” In Le Statut Culturel De La BD/ The Cultural Standing of Comics, ed. Jean-Louis Tilleuil, Stéphanie Delneste, and Maaheen Ahmed, 7–36. Louvain-la-Neuve: Academia-L’Harmattan.
APA
Ahmed, Maaheen. (2017). The Collage in Comics: The Case of Dave McKean. In J.-L. Tilleuil, S. Delneste, & M. Ahmed (Eds.), Le statut culturel de la BD/ The Cultural Standing of Comics (pp. 7–36). Presented at the Le statut culturel de la bande dessinée/The Cultural Standing of Comics, Louvain-la-Neuve: Academia-L’Harmattan.
Vancouver
1.
Ahmed M. The Collage in Comics: The Case of Dave McKean. In: Tilleuil J-L, Delneste S, Ahmed M, editors. Le statut culturel de la BD/ The Cultural Standing of Comics. Louvain-la-Neuve: Academia-L’Harmattan; 2017. p. 7–36.
MLA
Ahmed, Maaheen. “The Collage in Comics: The Case of Dave McKean.” Le Statut Culturel De La BD/ The Cultural Standing of Comics. Ed. Jean-Louis Tilleuil, Stéphanie Delneste, & Maaheen Ahmed. Louvain-la-Neuve: Academia-L’Harmattan, 2017. 7–36. Print.