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Comics is a medium used to express ideas by images, often combined with text or other visual information. Comics frequently takes the form of juxtaposed sequences of panels of images. Often textual devices such as speech balloons, captions, and onomatopoeia indicate dialogue, narration, sound effects, or other information. Size and arrangement of panels contribute to narrative pacing. Cartooning and similar forms of illustration are the most common image-making means in comics; fumetti is a form which uses photographic images. Common forms of comics include comic strips, editorial and gag cartoons, and comic books. Since the late 20th century, bound volumes such as graphic novels, comic albums, and tankōbon have become increasingly common, while online webcomics have proliferated in the 21st century. The history of comics has followed different paths in different cultures. Scholars have posited a pre-history as far back as the Lascaux cave paintings. By the mid-20th century, comics flourished particularly in the United States, western Europe (especially in France and Belgium), and Japan. The history of European comics is often traced to Rodolphe Töpffer's cartoon strips of the 1830s, and became popular following the success in the 1930s of strips and books such as The Adventures of Tintin. American comics emerged as a mass medium in the early 20th century with the advent of newspaper comic strips; magazine-style comic books followed in the 1930s, in which the superhero genre became prominent after Superman appeared in 1938. Histories of Japanese comics and cartooning (manga) propose origins as early as the 12th century. Modern comic strips emerged in Japan in the early 20th century, and the output of comics magazines and books rapidly expanded in the post-World War II era with the popularity of cartoonists such as Osamu Tezuka. Comics has had a lowbrow reputation for much of its history, but towards the end of the 20th century began to find greater acceptance with the public and in academia. The English term comics is used as a singular noun when it refers to the medium and a plural when referring to particular instances, such as individual strips or comic books. Though the term derives from the humorous (or comic) work that predominated in early American newspaper comic strips, it has become standard also for non-humorous works. It is common in English to refer to the comics of different cultures by the terms used in their original languages, such as manga for Japanese comics, or bandes dessinées for French-language comics. There is no consensus amongst theorists and historians on a definition of comics; some emphasize the combination of images and text, some sequentiality or other image relations, and others historical aspects such as mass reproduction or the use of recurring characters. The increasing cross-pollination of concepts from different comics cultures and eras has further made definition difficult..

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Definitions of "comic"

  • Characteristic of or having to do with comedy. adjective
  • Of or relating to comic strips. adjective
  • Amusing; humorous: a comic situation involving the family's pets. adjective
  • A comedian. noun
  • A person whose behavior elicits laughter. noun
  • Comic strips. noun
  • A comic book. noun
  • A source of humor in art or life. noun
  • being funny adjective
  • related to comedy adjective
  • A comedian noun
  • A cartoon story, a graphic novel noun
  • A children's newspaper noun
  • Relating to comedy, as distinct from tragedy. adjective
  • Causing mirth; ludicrous. adjective
  • A comedian. noun
  • Pertaining or relating to or of the nature of comedy, as distinct from tragedy. See comedy and drama.
  • Raising mirth; fitted to excite merriment.
  • A comic actor or singer; a writer of comedies; a comical person. noun

The word "comic" in example sentences

Once in a company of choice spirits Somebody suggested, when "our leading comic" was being discussed, that it would surely be an original idea and a good speculation to "start a _comic_ Punch.". [The History of "Punch"]

Paul Richter said of all the definitions of the comic: namely, that their sole merit is _to be themselves comic_ and to produce, in reality, the fact, which they vainly try to define logically.. [Aesthetic as Science of Expression and General Linguistic]

Let him be ever so exasperated, a comic song -- _a good comic_ song, mind you -- never fails to soothe him.. [Under the Meteor Flag Log of a Midshipman during the French Revolutionary War]

"It was getting depressing," says Rose McGowan, who will play the title comic-book vixen in Red Sonja, due in 2010.. [Women at Comic-Con]

While the term comic is associated with western comics and yotsuba is therefore not a comic.. [Yotsuba Wins! | Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources]

She also will add to her geek cred as Jane Foster, an astrophysicist and the love interest of the title comic-book hero in next summer's. [ News]

If Marvel really wanted to support the retailers and let them benefit from the media attention, they would allow them to order more and release the news on the Wednesday the comic is already supposed to be in the stores.. [Retailer James Sime on Marvel, Diamond’s handling of Cap #600 | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment]

The first X-Men movie comes out, and the comic is a Claremont-written mess.. [Retailer James Sime on Marvel, Diamond’s handling of Cap #600 | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment]

While I can't comment on the webisodes ... the comic is a series of limited series.. [Farscape: 10 years and still going strong | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment]

Even though this comic is a media tie-in, it entertained me and made me eager for more.. [The Guild #1 » Comics Worth Reading]

This comic is actually funny and all the Muppets are perfectly in character.. [Harley Jones | Fandomania]

Even though this comic is aimed at kids, I really ended up enjoying it and I could see a much broader audience enjoying it as well if given the chance.. [Comic Review: Donald Duck and Friends #347 | Fandomania]

Much like with my review of Demo, this comic is a perfect example of what comics can do that no other media can quite pull off.. [Comic Review: Daytripper #3 | Fandomania]

But the worst of this comic is the Spidergirl story itself.. [Quick Hits – Star Trek Novel, Amazing Spiderman Family #7, Captain Americ #600, Young Allies Anniversary Special, and More]

Where Kant claims that the comic is an expectation that comes to nothing, this is to posit humour as pnctura.. [Archive 2009-06-01]

Well it turns out that in the center of this comic is a poster version of the cover, which Marcos was kind enough to photograph for us (below, click to enlarge).. [Archive 2010-04-01]

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(s)., (i). güldürücü, gülünç, komik; komedi ile ilgili; (i). komedi oyuncusu. comics, comic strip karikatür şeklinde hikâye serisi. comic book miki tipinde resimli çocuk kitabı. comic opera operakomik.(s)., (i). güldürücü, gülünç, komik; komedi ile ilgili; (i). komedi oyuncusu. comics, comic strip karikatür şeklinde hikâye serisi. comic book miki tipinde resimli çocuk kitabı. comic opera operakomik.

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