The practice of authentication: adapting Pilgrimage from Nenthead into a graphic memoir

Dodds, Nick (2019) The practice of authentication: adapting Pilgrimage from Nenthead into a graphic memoir. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 9 (1:14). pp. 1-16.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.16995/cg.154

Abstract

Autobiographical comics have a more conflicted relationship with the truth than explicitly fictional work, due in part to the constraint to fidelity but complicated further by producer-orientated methods of authentication. Every graphic work has a unique expressive style, a transformation through eye and hand which foregrounds the artist’s vision, underscoring the process of mediation and subjectivity in interpretation. The structural and visual modality of the comic-book form does not allow for a representational facsimile of the world, involving as it does elements of story compression, visual abstraction and duality in the rendering of text and image. This paper will focus on current doctoral research investigating the graphic memoir, in particular; the authenticating role of the comic-book practitioner in regard to the representation and memorialization of the past and the indexical reference to real-world events and locations. This line of enquiry will be explored via current studio-based practice involving the initial preparation and treatment of a graphic adaptation of Pilgrimage from Nenthead, a working-class memoir written by Chester Armstrong (published by Methuen in 1938).

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
Publisher: Open Library of Humanities / Ubiquity Press
ISSN: 2048-0792
Departments: Graphics and Photography
Additional Information: This article is part of the Creating Comics, Creative Comics Special Collection, edited by Brian Fagence (University of South Wales), Geraint D’Arcy (University of South Wales) and Ernesto Priego (City, University of London). This article is based on the paper ‘Reframing the Graphic Memoir: How can the comic-strip artist negotiate modality and fidelity in the depiction of personal and historical narratives’, first presented as part of the Creating Comics Creative Comics Symposium at USW, Cardiff in 2018.
Depositing User: Nick Dodds
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2019 08:50
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2019 08:59
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5038

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