The Evolution of Comics

Comics are found everywhere, and they are used to express different ideas through images and other creative and visual cues. Sometimes the information is in a series of panels or simply one image with some verbal text when necessary. Individuals who make comics are masters of illustration and communication via visual arts. They use several different medias for artistic expression. People believe that the history of comics can be dated back to cave paintings, and have evolved to take form in a number of different medias.

Western Europe, Japan, and the United States, have supported a flourishing community of comic art. The popularity of these comic works have been translated into other mainstream forms of media. One of the first comics in Europe can be traced back to the 1830’s when Rudolphe Topffer wrote an illustrated “Adventures of Tin Tin”. Those stories have taken on a number of forms including television shows, movies and merchandising. It was the United States that brought the comic to the daily newspaper, making them a key part of American history. They also conceived the superhero genre when Superman appeared in American comics in 1938, which is when the worldwide phenomenon began.

Japanese magna art cartoons are said to have been created as early as the 12th century, but it was after World War ll that the popularity of comic books and magazines started to rise. The plural form of comic refers to either strips or books depending on how many narratives are involved. The modern era has recognized comics for their academic value, and it is clear that comics cannot be easily defined. Professionals and artists have made an effort to define a good comic, but have found difficulty due to the multifaceted interactions between text, visuals and multiple panel or book length explanations. The evolution of comics has been strong, and the reception from the public has been very positive.

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