ABSTRACT COMICSAbstract, non-narrative, and sequential; Abstract Comics offers comics an alternative to the decades long dominance of Graphic Novel.

It is hard to trace many of the facts that brought to the birth and development of the genre, as many comics forums, blogs and reviews reads ego fuelled poisonous comments (many of which can still be found) about the subject. 
2009 saw the publishing of Abstract Comics: The Anthology , edited by Andrei Molotiu ( who also runs the Abstract Comics Blog). 
Critics noted the lack of any works by women. Still, the Anthology presented the concept of Abstract Comics when it was new and full of potential.

Abstract Comics is related to Visual Poetry and Asemic Writing, and understandably there are crossovers. It seems that Abstract Comics still needs to develop its individual identity - many works lacking loyalty to the medium. Do Abstract Comics artists need to be aware of comics history? 
Is it part of the comics tradition, as the name Abstract Comics suggests , or is it a medium on its own, where the term Sequential Art would be more accurate?
Not suggesting that there is one suitable answer, but those questions do come to mind while reviewing the the works.

Unlike narrative comics, where each frame represents a frozen moment on a linear time line, the time element in Abstract Comics has a different, non-linear character, existing due to its sequential nature,
- potentially interesting subject to explore by future artists.

I am used to art more than comics, and my biggest challenge was to get used to reading each frame individually and systematically. 
It might sound obvious, but I think Abstract Comics works should be easily identified as sequential, not necessarily by using a grid (and a grid doesn’t always equal sequences) - in many cases the  sequential nature is not obvious.
Molotiu’s articles explore the theory behind Abstract Comics and are always interesting to read. They would make a welcome addition to any future AC anthology. 
(by texturesofether)
ABSTRACT COMICS

Abstract, non-narrative, and sequential; Abstract Comics offers comics an alternative to the decades long dominance of Graphic Novel.

It is hard to trace many of the facts that brought to the birth and development of the genre, as many comics forums, blogs and reviews reads ego fuelled poisonous comments (many of which can still be found) about the subject. 

2009 saw the publishing of Abstract Comics: The Anthology , edited by Andrei Molotiu ( who also runs the Abstract Comics Blog). 
Critics noted the lack of any works by women. Still, the Anthology presented the concept of Abstract Comics when it was new and full of potential.

Abstract Comics is related to Visual Poetry and Asemic Writing, and understandably there are crossovers. It seems that Abstract Comics still needs to develop its individual identity - many works lacking loyalty to the medium. Do Abstract Comics artists need to be aware of comics history? 
Is it part of the comics tradition, as the name Abstract Comics suggests , or is it a medium on its own, where the term Sequential Art would be more accurate?
Not suggesting that there is one suitable answer, but those questions do come to mind while reviewing the the works.

Unlike narrative comics, where each frame represents a frozen moment on a linear time line, the time element in Abstract Comics has a different, non-linear character, existing due to its sequential nature,
- potentially interesting subject to explore by future artists.

I am used to art more than comics, and my biggest challenge was to get used to reading each frame individually and systematically. 
It might sound obvious, but I think Abstract Comics works should be easily identified as sequential, not necessarily by using a grid (and a grid doesn’t always equal sequences) - in many cases the  sequential nature is not obvious.


Molotiu’s articles explore the theory behind Abstract Comics and are always interesting to read. They would make a welcome addition to any future AC anthology. 

(by texturesofether)

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