It is a deep interrogation of comics as both an art form and a critical practice.
Over eight chapters, follows an anonymous, sleepwalking figure as they step out of a regimented life and take flight to explore new worlds.
Square must be enlightened by his encounter with the sphere.
Words and images together free us from the limitations presented by either the purely visual or purely verbal.
Sousanis begins to hint at how this might be possible in sequences where he overwrites and overdraws previous passages from his own thesis to create layers of commentary Figure Sousanis’ exploration of how a coastline appears longer as our units of measurement grow smaller serves as an invitation to more meticulous study of the vast conceptual territory which is outlined here, the implication being that future explorers might descend from a cartographer’s large scales to capture ever finer detail Figure is that the reader retires from this comics-essay feeling that to simply write about the form in prose is inadequate, and new discursive strategies are required to explore these open spaces.
To understand comics is also to make them, to take part in the dance of word and image.
Eversource Energy Center’s graduate student, Diego Cerrai, successfully defended his doctoral thesis in Civil and Environmental Engineering on April 11th, 2019.
Diego’s thesis was titled “Predicting Weather-Caused Power Outages: Technique Development, Evaluation, Applications.” Congratulations, Diego!
Sousanis offers a clear and convincing demonstration that sequential art is a vital scholarly alternative to the restrictions of either the visual or verbal alone.
The breadth and ambition of means that the book offers many invitations to join Sousanis’ dance of words and images, indicating areas which the reader will wish to question and develop in their own right.