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Comic

A mode intended to excite laughter, is rare in preserved Byz. art. Excluded almost by definition from Christian representation, comic elements do appear in the peristyle mosaics of the ...

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World Encyclopedia

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
66 words

... Magazine consisting of stories told by means of strip cartoons with ‘balloons' containing the characters‘ speech. Comics evolved from the comic-strip in the 1930s, and cover many subjects - from war and science fiction to school and family life. A tradition of adult, politicized, subversive and often erotic comics, along with explicit graphic novels, has established itself during the latter part of the 20th...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
228 words

... ; comical ; comedic . These words are confusingly similar. Comic and comical both mean “funny” or “humorous.” Comic is generally used, however, for what is intentionally funny, and comical for what is unintentionally funny. Hence the latter term may mean “laughable” in a derisive sense—e.g.: “Kaelin, a struggling actor who was a shaggy-haired, comical figure at Simpson's criminal trial, appeared with his hair cut and neatly combed, wearing a white shirt, green tie and dark green sport coat.” Linda Deutsch , “Kaelin: Simpson Brooded About...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
Length:
35 words

... opera An imprecise term, though by it most people today would understand an opera with a comic element. Opéra‐bouffe or opera buffa means comic opera but has a specific meaning, as has opéra‐comique...

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
939 words

... books The comic book may be broadly defined as any publication serving as a showcase for comic art (hereafter ‘comics’) narratives. However, the term especially denotes comic books in the American tradition. 1. Definitions 2. The American comic book 1. Definitions The comic book may be defined widely, as any book, booklet, or periodical consisting primarily of comics. More specifically, comic books privilege sequential art in multiple *panel s, especially sustained, multi-page narratives. In formalist terms, a comic book is simply a publication...

comic strip

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A Dictionary of Journalism

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Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
59 words

...comic strip A series of linked cartoons , typically two to four frames next to each other, that tell a story and feature regular characters. From Andy Capp to Doonesbury , comic strips have long been a feature of newspapers, at both the popular and broadsheet ends of the market, and they are also part of many magazine and online brands...

comic weeklies

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
436 words

...to his own title, the penny weekly Ally Sloper’s Half-Holiday (Gilbert Dalziel, 1884–1923 ). The conventions of the weekly comic tabloid were soon set: cheap, full of comic strips, and inclined to broad humour, with detailed drawings and dense text. Alfred Harmsworth would undercut Half-Holiday with two halfpenny weeklies, Comic Cuts and Illustrated Chips (both 1890–1953 ), establishing the pattern for the 20 th -century comic weekly. From the early 1900s , the comics industry catered overwhelmingly for children. The dominance of Harmsworth’s...

comic opera

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World Encyclopedia

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
52 words

... opera Musico-dramatic work with some spoken dialogue and a light or amusing plot. The term is used indiscriminately and includes musical comedy and operetta . In operatic works, it approximates most closely to early 18th-century Italian opera buffa (notably the operas of Pergolesi ), but bears little relation to the French opéra comique...

comic relief

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

... relief The interruption of a serious work, especially a tragedy , by a short humorous episode. The inclusion of such comic scenes, characters, or speeches can have various and complex effects, ranging from relaxation after moments of high tension to sinister ironic brooding. Famous instances are the drunken porter’s speech in Macbeth (Act II, scene iii), and the dialogues between Hamlet and the gravediggers in Hamlet (Act V, scene i). Other playwrights of Shakespeare ’s time made frequent use of this technique, which can also be found in some prose...

Comic Books

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Catherine E. Bailey

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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Current Version:
2013

... Books Comic books have been a popular form of entertainment in America since the beginning of the twentieth century. There is some debate as to when the art form emerged as a unique genre because collections of reprinted newspaper comic strips date all the way back to the mid-1800s. Some consider The Yellow Kid in McFadden's Flats , published in 1897 , the first official American comic book. However, Famous Funnies: A Carnival of Comics , published in 1933 , is more widely regarded as the prototype. The history of comic books in the United States is...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
3,242 words
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... Books . A comic strip is an illustrated narrative told in a series of frames or panels accompanied by dialogue as appropriate. It can be as short as two frames or fill a complete comic book; a single panel is a cartoon. A comic, or comic book, is a magazine or newspaper, at least half of whose contents consists of comic strips. Strips in comics tend to be comparatively long and complete within an issue, while newspaper strips can range in length from a single line of frames in humorous or “gag” strips to serials published over years (“continuity” strips)....

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