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From Comics to Picturebooks: The Reading Moment as Focus for Devising Hybrid Narratives (Rebecca Palmer)


The relationship between comics and picturebooks is one that has begun to receive more critical attention in recent years. This article presents findings from ongoing practitioner research that looks closely at the relationship between comics and picturebooks as I attempt to synthesise these forms in my work. Building on an experimental series of hybrid narratives and an analysis of the results, published in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, I report the next phase of that study. Reflection on reading these hybrids out loud with others has led to a more nuanced understanding of the ways in which the narrative techniques and conventions characteristic of a form anticipate certain reading contexts, and how their function changes when they are taken into a form that is read differently.


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