Monday, August 03, 2015

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Chapter 16

Chapman used headlines as a storytelling trick throughout his career.
--> This device was used in movies all through the thirties and forties as a visual way to present textual information. They have the added bonus of giving weight to the subject and premiss of Chapman's stories, although I don't think he ever used any real headlines. He just made them up out of his memory or the need of the story. The actual headlines were either added by the artist or the letterer or maybe even at the office. All these tricks contribute to a particular style that has all the qualities of an essay or a documentary.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

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Chapter 15

As you could clearly see in the stories I shared last week, one thing that Chapman's stories have in common is that he always uses a strong narrator, who states his case and is allowed anything to tell his story. And one of the most unique tricks he used was the fictional headline. Here's one I showed earlier, the first time he used this device.

Chapman's next war story is a WWII one, but I am showing it anyway, because of it's use of  headlines (and Russ Heath magnificent art).

Saturday, August 01, 2015

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Chapter 14

I accidentally placed the wrong story here, without the commentary. I have rescheduled it for next thursday. Instead I ma showing one of the stories I skipped. I can not show all of Chapman's stories in these few weeks (he did about a hundred, two thirds of which were from the period he was struggling with the war). This one shows his documentary style, which is also featured in Atrocity Story.

Friday, July 31, 2015

War Is Hell (But Necessary) 13

Chapter 13

The reality of the war weigh heavily on CHapman. For him no soft humanistic vaguely anti-war comics, but nothing but grim reality in a strong documentary style.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Chapter 12

Newspapers started reporting the terrible things the American soldiers saw and had to do in Korea.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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Chapter 11

It became harder and harder for Chapman to see the positive side of the Korean war.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Chapter 10

The more America got caught in the Korean war, the more negative Chapman became.