Silent Lines questions the traditional structure of comics and calls for comics to be taken seriously as an art form. The iconography of the empty speech balloon in my paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture raises questions about voice and the nature of art. Addressing the high/low debate about this "mass medium," I deconstruct previous definitions of comics. Ultimately I question why comics have been ignored and slow to develop in comparison to most 20th-century Western art. Using feminist theory I provide examples of how to counteract this bias: Silent Lines is representative of my vision for a new comic art.


Zurko, Walter


Art and Art History

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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