Toward a Decentered
Conceptualization of Comics
Intricate Evasions of As
Comics, Differend, Synthesis
I first presented this “toy” at the 2012 MLA convention in Seattle at a panel entitled “MoMLA: From Panel to Gallery,” curated by Victor J. Vitanza. The panel (or gallery) attempted to explore and inhabit the border space between art and scholarship. Each of the presenters created multimedia scholarly interventions.
The projects were later published together by Kairos for a special section entitled “MoMLA: From Gallery to Webtext” curated by Victor J. Vitanza and Virginia Kuhn. That work can be found here. I would like to thank Kairos for kindly allowing me to republish the work here.
What you will find below is a bit strange. You'll have to play with it to discover and construct meaning. Rather than ruin some of the surprises, I present it without further introduction.
You will not be able to run it on most smartphones or tablets for two reasons: it uses Flash and requires a mouse. There is no way of adapting it to HTML 5 so that it can be accessed on phones because phones do not use mice. As you'll see, this dependence on a mouse is for rhetorical reasons and not technological reasons (as if the two could ever really be separated). You can find a transcript here.