It’s accepted that the comic format can and regularly does have the same depth as a prose novel, writes HANNAH BERRY
I’ve written before about visual language being universally recognisable. We can all read a picture, and give or take a few cultural differences we will all glean a similar meaning from it. Of course, not all pictures have to be direct: they can be ambiguous, or subtle, or give mixed signals entirely. Some pictures make us work harder than others.
Pictures have the ability to define those things that are without definition - those indescribable emotions for which we have no name, that can’t be adequately described with words. Meanwhile, pauses for thought run through comics in rich seams. Words are noisy things, demanding attention, and at times they get in the way. They trip your thought processes. They can be used to lull and to hypnotise, but when you want to step back and have a moment to reflect, you need to physically close the book to stop the words.
Image from Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry (Credit)