Comic Book Film Style: Cinema at 24 Panels per Second by Dru JeffriesComic Book Film Style: Cinema at 24 Panels per Second by Dru Jeffries

Comic Book Film Style: Cinema at 24 Panels per Second

byDru Jeffries

Paperback | September 5, 2017

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Superhero films and comic book adaptations dominate contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, and it is not just the storylines of these blockbuster spectacles that have been influenced by comics. The comic book medium itself has profoundly influenced how movies look and sound today, as well as how viewers approach them as texts. Comic Book Film Style explores how the unique conventions and formal structure of comic books have had a profound impact on film aesthetics, so that the different representational abilities of comics and film are put on simultaneous display in a cinematic work.

With close readings of films including Batman: The Movie, American Splendor, Superman, Hulk, Spider-Man 2, V for Vendetta, 300, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Watchmen, The Losers, and Creepshow, Dru Jeffries offers a new and more cogent definition of the comic book film as a stylistic approach rather than a genre, repositioning the study of comic book films from adaptation and genre studies to formal/stylistic analysis. He discusses how comic book films appropriate comics' drawn imagery, vandalize the fourth wall with the use of graphic text, dissect the film frame into discrete panels, and treat time as a flexible construct rather than a fixed flow, among other things. This cinematic remediation of comic books' formal structure and unique visual conventions, Jeffries asserts, fundamentally challenges the classical continuity paradigm and its contemporary variants, placing the comic book film at the forefront of stylistic experimentation in post-classical Hollywood.

Dru Jeffries teaches comics studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and has taught film at Concordia University and the University of Toronto. He has published scholarship on film and comic books in Porn Studies, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Cinephile, and several edited volumes.
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Title:Comic Book Film Style: Cinema at 24 Panels per SecondFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.67 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1477314504

ISBN - 13:9781477314500

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for the academic comic book film fan in your life Full disclosure: I am friends with the author, so yes, I do have some bias here. COMIC BOOK FILM STYLE: CINEMA AT 24 PANELS PER SECOND is an excellent bit of academic writing which provides a clearer definition as to what Comic Book films are, and a detailed exploration of their formal characteristics. The author takes the subject seriously, rigorously detailing prior scholarship on the topic, and explaining whether this prior work falls short before building off of the foundations set by others. Don't mistake this for meaning that the book is for non-academic readers, however: Jeffries' writing is clean and clear, and very accessible.
Date published: 2017-11-21

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The Six Modes of Interaction between Comics and Film
  • Chapter 2. Vandalizing the Fourth Wall: Word-Image Hybridity and a Comic Book Cinema of Attractions
  • Chapter 3. These Panels Have Been Formatted to Fit Your Screen: Remediating the Comics Page through the Cinematic Frame
  • Chapter 4. The Privileged Instant: Remediating Stasis as Movement
  • Chapter 5. The Polymedial Comic Book Film
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

Superhero films and comic book adaptations dominate contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, and it is not just the storylines of these blockbuster spectacles that have been influenced by comics. The comic book medium itself has profoundly influenced how movies look and sound today, as well as how viewers approach them as texts. Comic Book Film Style explores how the unique conventions and formal structure of comic books have had a profound impact on film aesthetics, so that the different representational abilities of comics and film are put on simultaneous display in a cinematic work.With close readings of films including Batman: The Movie, American Splendor, Superman, Hulk, Spider-Man 2, V for Vendetta, 300, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Watchmen, The Losers, and Creepshow, Dru Jeffries offers a new and more cogent definition of the comic book film as a stylistic approach rather than a genre, repositioning the study of comic book films from adaptation and genre studies to formal/stylistic analysis. He discusses how comic book films appropriate comics' drawn imagery, vandalize the fourth wall with the use of graphic text, dissect the film frame into discrete panels, and treat time as a flexible construct rather than a fixed flow, among other things. This cinematic remediation of comic books' formal structure and unique visual conventions, Jeffries asserts, fundamentally challenges the classical continuity paradigm and its contemporary variants, placing the comic book film at the forefront of stylistic experimentation in post-classical Hollywood."Thoughtful and erudite theorization of the impact of the comic book medium on contemporary cinema. The book offers a valuable critical vocabulary for understanding the relationship between comics and film and the emergence, and remediation of, a ‘comic book film style.’ This book is an important intervention in the study of film aesthetics, mise-en-scène, etc., and challenges proponents of so-called classical film style." - William Proctor, Bournemouth University, author of Reboot Culture: Comics, Film, Transmedia