There is little argument about the importance of stories in our culture. Stories are constantly retold and transformed, or "rebooted." These changes tend to reflect the cultural values of the receiving audience. The question, then, becomes: how far can the story be pushed before it is no longer recognizable? The acceptance of the reboot depends on the author’s ability to offer a new experience of the story, while keeping the elements that fans feel are the essence of the tale. This paper will examine Fables, The Unwritten, and Animal Man—three metafictional comics that explore the boundaries and limitations of storytelling. Each comic tackles a different form of storytelling: fairytales, literature, and comics. While all three comics offer up some refreshing takes on familiar stories and characters, it is the reader who sets the limitations of flexibility for the reboot.
|Commitee:||Caron, Timothy, Hart, George|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Literature, Multimedia Communications, American literature|
|Keywords:||Comic books, Graphic narrative, Narratology|
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