New Year Old Comics 6: Big Comics

While fundraising for CBLOM, I wanted to try to recreate the experience of being in a library with no purpose at hand other than to look at books, dragging a finger across a row of spines, and seeing a strange name or beautiful design or unknown book by a beloved author. This is not a list of best books. It’s not a new canon. It’s only an attempt at recreating the experience of a browsing a large and unstinted collection of comic books in the CBLOM catalog.

Big comics
While publishing formats and sizes have small effects on prose, they’re a vital, formal component of comic books. The size and shape of pages helps define the pace and style of a book, and changing formats can have a dramatic effect on the content. This is just a long way of saying, though, that really big comics are really cool. They can be packed with small panels, creating a cubist or rapid-fire feeling of perspective. Or the art can stretch across bigger-than-letter-sized pages, creating a dazzling sense of scope. They can overwhelm, showing literally more than the eye can take in at a glance. Open one up, set it on the floor, lay down, and have a read.

1950s-family-5-living-room-kids-on-floor-reading-comics-playing-with-G6A672

Fun for the whole stock-photo family.

In the library (a sampling):
Big Numbers by Alan Moore & Bill Sienkiewicz
Little Nemo in Slumberland by Windsor McKay
Schizo #4 by Ivan Brunetti
At the End of an Action Movie by Will Dinski
Baba Yaga and the Wolf by Tin Can Forest
God and the Devil at War in the Garden by Anders Nilsen

Advertisements

One thought on “New Year Old Comics 6: Big Comics

  1. Pingback: New Year Old Comics 16: Tiny Comics | Comic Book Library of Minneapolis

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s