Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Visual And Verbal

Some graphic documentaries fail to integrate the verbal with the visual. For example, an uncompromising slab of prose quoted from a source text is accompanied somewhere on the same page by a cartoon. By contrast, in Bryan Talbot's 318-page Alice In Sunderland (London, 2007), although there are indeed many words, they are presented in small captions or balloons spread across profusely illustrated large format pages in a wealth of color and detail covering the entire available surface, sometimes receding to an impossible distance of time as well as of space in perspective. See image.

We cannot possibly assimilate all the verbally imparted information but realize that, by careful rereading, we would learn at least as much as we could from a dense prose text. A Thomas Dixon is mentioned on page 77 and, on p. 173, we learn that "John Ruskin's Mackem cork-cutter, the highly cultured Thomas Dixon, is buried in the churchyard."

8 Oct 2014: Rereading, I find Thomas Dixon on p. 48: "...a self-educated Mackem cork-cutter of uncommon intelligence and friend of many Victorian intellectuals, writers and artists.
"Ruskin addresses his books Letters to a Working Man and Time and Tide by Weare and Tyne to Tommy Dixon."

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