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Page from Read Yourself RAW, edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly (Pantheon Books, 1987).

Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouley’s Read Yourself RAW, is a compilation of pieces from the graphic novel magazine, RAW. It was published in 1987 by Pantheon Books and features a number of different graphic novel excerpts.

In “Pussyfooting,”  we see a trail running through the entirety of the piece, as well as various events and happenings at different parts of the trail. The comic is meant to be read top to bottom, exemplifying the concept of hierarchy, because we can clearly see that the story starts at the top of the page and ends at the bottom, as we see the character moving through the layers of the comic. Additionally, the way we see the character multiple times, each at a different point, suggests time and motion. As time passes, the character moves forward throughout the comic.

For my poster comic project, I want to create a similar trail, or “road,” that takes the viewer through my journey down to southern California and the week I spent there. This comic reinforces my current plans for my project.

Additionally, I found it interesting that, in “Pussyfooting,” the trail moves through elements in the piece, rather than merely next to the elements, such as the triangle shapes for example. This is something I may take into consideration for my own project. I believe this design choice illustrates the concept of a journey through something in a more literal way.



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