PJAS 11 Spring-13

Małgorzata Olsza
“Running in Both Directions”: The Reflective Character of Single-Image Narratives in Joe Sacco’s Graphic Journalism
Polish Journal for American Studies, vol. 11 (Spring 2017), pp. 183-202

Abstract: This article examines single-image narrative forms, demonstrating how they inform and problematize Joe Sacco’s works of graphic journalism. I analyze three different single-image narratives, the splash page, the spread, and the bleed, originally found in superhero and adventure comics, and show how they function in Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and Palestine. Single-image narrative forms problematize visual reporting as suspended between involvement and distance. I investigate how Joe Sacco, a graphic artist and a journalist in one person, manipulates images which were originally conceived as “attention grabbers” for the comics reader so that they become a commentary on the ethics of journalism

Key Words: Joe Sacco, graphic novel, graphic journalism, graphic storytelling, visual narration

DOI: 10.7311/PJAS.11/1/2017.13

Full article