Introduction

Comics, today and in America, have gone through a lot of changes in order for them to be the works of art they are today. Their essence has been around since ancient times, and they have been used for many different reasons – from instructing, to entertaining, to propaganda in times of war. It’s only […]

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What is a Comic?

If we’re going to be talking heavily about comics, it would be best to clarify                       what a comic is for starters. This is necessary because the word “comic” is an umbrella term for a lot of similar ideas such as cartoon, strip, comic book, and graphic novel. […]

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Comics As We Know Them

From the beginning of the 20th century to today, comics went through a lot of changes. Notable changes in the medium were how they were printed from being in newspapers through syndicates, to their own magazines collections to actual books through independent and traditional printing and publishing companies. Along with their physical formats, their subject […]

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Comics After the Code

The beginning of the 1900’s up until mid century, comics were mostly innocent, concise, and simple. During this era, they can be considered to be in their infant and adolescent stages. In the mid 1950’s, with the Comics Code established, they start to go through some growing pains and artists are working out what they […]

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Modern Times Matures Comics

From the beginning of the 1960’s to the end of the 1970’s, we saw a dense amount of activity happening in the comics world. From Marvel creating their pantheon of superheros and dominating the market alongside DC, the counter-cultural rebellion with underground comix and the downfall of the Comics Code, to comic book stores opening […]

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The Breakthrough

Throughout my posts, I’ve shown you examples of people making a living off of comics through syndicated comic strips in newspapers, doing artwork for comic magazines, and people creating books and publishing themselves or through other printing companies. Comic books and graphic novels have been distributed to comic book stores, traditional book stores, and online […]

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