Before written language existed, people drew pictures, everywhere. Representational drawings evolved into pictograms, and some pictograms were abstracted into phonetic symbols which could be strung together to form words. The medium of comics takes these now apparently disparate elements – the picture and the word – and reunites them to create a form of expression greater than the sum of its parts. Using his own work and that of other cartoonists as examples of different approaches to visual storytelling, Jason Lutes will discuss his personal process of conceiving, researching, writing, and drawing a graphic novel.
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