Lively letters and the graphic narrative. Revisiting comics theory on word and image through the lens of two avant-garde children’s books.

Sébastien Conard


The field of comics studies generally maintains a strong division between word and image. With the rise of thegraphic novel, comics tend to become integrated into a broader field of graphic literature. This article confrontscomics theory with two avant-garde children’s books showing a vivid typographical design: Die Scheuche byKurt Schwitters, Käte Steinitz and Theo van Doesburg and About Two Squares by El Lissitzky. These peculiarbooks can enrich current conceptualizations on word and image within the field of comics and comics studies.


abstraction; comics; El Lissitzky; graphic novel; Schwitters; typography

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Online Magazine of the Visual Narrative - ISSN 1780-678X