TEGNESERIER ‘How to read Nancy’ is an exemplary, well-organized and deeply engaging book that guides the reader all the way into the comic book machine room.
Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden: How to read Nancy: Mikos elements in three simple panels. 276 pages, english.29 dollars at the publisher. Six hearts.
All you need to know about reading, making and understanding cartoons can be found in a single strip of Ernie Bushmiller’s ‘Nancy’ series, which was printed on Saturday, August 8, 1959. At least the American states cartoonists Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden in their new, big comic book, ‘How to Read Nancy’, there is an eye-opening openness in the basic structure of the comic strip.
Ernie Bushmiller’s humble and straightforward
The series depicts the American suburb life, which has become so firmly part of our common cultural base vocabulary.
The main character and her companion, the slug rogue, is the focal point for striker gags, single and quickly perceived jokes with quick punchlines, often in the department to fall on tail comedy.
The strip is crisp and simple and always composed with a flashy sense of design, tools and prototypic impact. If you look up the dictionary under ‘Comic strip’, there is a good chance of seeing a picture of Nancy.
It’s just in a single line – three simple windows – of this classic, on Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden finds exemplary fabric to show what a cartoon really is made of how it works and how to read it. It may sound dry, unnecessary academic. Maybe even student food. It is not.
‘HOW TO READ NANCY’ is a well-prepared and deeply engaging book that takes the man seriously without getting serious and brings the reader all the way into the cartoon engine room.
And that is an important task. Man can, with great self-esteem, scan the editors and study film frames, 24 pieces per second, but the skilled and dedicated dissections of the comic series are not many.
In fact, ‘How to read Nancy’ is the first significant (non academic) book that takes the comics’s components seriously since Scott McCloud pioneer-mediate
‘How to read Nancy’ further develops an essay with the same title from 1988. Here, Karasik and Newgarden explained where overlayed and thought through every choice in Bushmiller’s composition of ‘Nancy’s. Nothing is random, everything has a purpose.
30 years later, they expanded their thoughts into a book’s performance, which now houses 276 pages for self-same comics.
The authors expose the syntax of the cartoon through molecular deconstruction – and methodological reconstruction – of a single strip and showing how complex cartoon art is. Shows that it is actually art and that the mechanisms that are in play in serious graphic novels are the same as structuring a classic humor strip.
The actual strip handling is quite simple: Dressed cowboy clothes use Sluggo the first two panes on spraying homeless children on the face with a water gun while Nancy is looking far away. Sluggos gunslinger-repl
We all know what’s going to happen; Ernie Bushmiller does not have to show it.
PAUL KARASIK AND MARK NEWGARDEN split the strip into 43 (!) Separate depth readings.
Each time, the strip is reprinted on an entire lookup with accompanying review, each time with a new focus: the frame of the windows, the perspectives of the drawings, the black-colored fields, the blank fields, the location of the figures, etc. For example, one of the chapters focuses on the garden hose, The strip (invisible) gag revolves around and on the importance of the four drops that run from the tap.
Just just four drops tell that a large amount of water moves through the hose. Two or three drops would not have built the same voltage and press. And five drops had overturned the graphical symmetry of the drawing. These are the kind of details – and those less – that Karasik and Newgarden analyze with equal sharing of fascination, attention and humor. The book also contains a well-known biography of Bushmiller (which also gives a glimpse of the American cartoonists’ workflow on the newspapers in the 30’s and 40’s) and a well-researched
‘How to Read Nancy’ is both encyclopedia, media history, humor theory and reading guide.
It’s exemplary cartoon dissemination that sharpens the reader’s attention with humor, humor and enthusiasm, which would like to read comics in a new way – and hopefully make their readers better for comic readers.
Just just four drops tell that a large amount of water moves through the hose. Two or three drops would not have built the same voltage and press. And five drops had overturned the graphical symmetry of the drawing.
Facts: BLUE BOG The characters behind
Paul Karasik. Cartoon Cartoons.
Born in Washington, D.C. in 1956.
Mark Newgarden. Cartoon Cartoons.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1959.
Both have, since the 1980s, been drawing on cult culture ‘RAW’, to media such as the New York Times, The New Yorker and the New York Press, and released a series of comics.
Together with David Mazzuchelli, Paul Karasik created a comic book of Paul Auster’s ‘City of Glass’ magazine in 1994, while Mark Newgarden has made cartoons for Cartoon Network and Nikelodeon and p. a. The work on developing toys for the company Topps.
Ernie Bushmiller. Cartoon Cartoons.
Born in Bronx, New York, 1905, and death in Stamford, Connecticut in 1982.
Went out of school as a 14-year-old to work as a stranger on the New York World newspaper.
Drawn from the 1925 newspaper ‘Fritzi Ritz’ on Nancy’s aunt. Nancy first appeared in 1933 and got her own line five years later. Drawn ‘Nancy’ until his death in 1982. In 2011, he was introduced to ‘The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame’.
• IMPORTANT BOOK. Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden’s comic book, ‘How to Read Nancy’, dissects over 276 pages of Ernie Bushmiller’s classic comic strip ‘Nancy’ and presents the living comics’ tools and ingredients. Photo: Illustration from the book