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Sunday, 27 August 2006
Paper cup

There's a lot of crossover between the media. A digest is like a magazine or journal but can also contain book excerpts. Then there's the newspaper.

Comic books, as we've assayed, were originally comic strips from the dailies combined into one book or pamphlet. Strips have their own resonance.

Comics themselves don't often make the headlines but there are no end of columns and articles dealing with them and their antecedents. Papers, in order to give relief from the preponderence of bad news that is their stock in trade, can cover some broad subjects.

 Comics aren't quite so broad as to have pieces on male pattern baldness or to appear as reading material at the hairdressing salon, they may not often be set in Guangdong Province or tell of the plight of camel drivers and, yet, neither can the most earnest broadsheet  cover every outage, every outrage; while, too often, the tabloids are busy touching up the page three girl.

Comics can give you the fun of a puzzle page, but mostly they coexist on the same page as the crossword. And they crop up as items of interest in the classifieds.


Posted by berko_wills at 5:55 AM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 27 August 2006 6:32 AM NZT
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