old and new

Ever since I’ve had a look at this excerpt from the graphic novel Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli, I have been craving for more. Little by little I am getting more and more convinced by this rather new medium of telling a story. At first it struck me as a return to a primitive form of art like cave paintings that doesn’t allow the reader to participate in decoding the story as much as the written word does because it gives you a ready made picture, so you don’t have to create your own. With Asterios Polyp I think the act of reading is just as participatory as it would be for a simply written story, it’s just that instead of transforming words into pictures, you have to interpret encoded images and turn them into words in your mind.

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