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What are comics?
Comics are a successful combination of literature and visual art. This is a story described in pictures arranged in a clear chronological order. Comics impress with its laconism and at the same time they are logical and rich in plot. Depending on the story volume comics can have different names: if the story is long enough - it can got for a graphic novel, if it is short it may be called a strip.
There is a Franco-Belgian tradition of comics called BD (short version from the French bandedessinée - "drawn strips"), Japanese comics are called manga, Italian - fumetti, Spanish - tebeo. All of them are significantly different from traditional American comics, although, perhaps, beginners will not see the difference that much.
Most often there is a text in comics that is put in the "verbal bubble" above the head of the hero (if this is his idea) or near the lips (if this is his speech). Author's comments are usually placed at the bottom of the frame or above it. However, there are also "silent" comics with an obvious story, which is understood without using words.
Styles of drawn images and text can vary a lot, there are even comics of classical literary works, but the most common are adventure stories and cartoon comics. To simplify the reader's perception and getting used to the character the pictures are drawn in a simple and quick way, like doodles.
Comics are tightly intertwined with cinematography and animation. Scott McCloud, famous for writing the book "Understanding comics" said that movies are comics, but they are extremely slow and detailed. We will also see thisin the English word "cartoon", which is also used to refer to a cartoon or comic book. If you take the Japanese comics "manga", they often repeat the stories of the traditional anime.
The first comics are dated back to 16th-17th century (that’s ages ago!). People were giving out brochures and pictures of religious contentin Valencia and Barcelona, which described the life of the saints, such comics were called "Alleluans." This narrative story format was becoming popular rapidly throughout Europe. Comics broke into America in 1892. The magazine called "The San Francisco Examiner" published a picture story of "Bear and Tiger".
Since then, comics have developed rapidly; the beginning of the twentieth century is considered to be starting point of the development of "Golden Age of Comics." This is the period from 1930 to 1950, when comics have established themselves as a progressive and popular genre in popular culture. Now the stories in the pictures ceased to be of an exceptionally comical nature, and there started appearing comics-thriller, fantasy, horror and detectives; and, of course, stories about the adventures of superheroes. The first to appear was Superman (1938), it was published by one of the most famous comic book publishers DC Comics. After that the famous Batman and Captain America went up on a stage. The Second World Warhad a great imprint on the plot lines and images of comics. The covers portrayed superheroes fighting with the leader of the Nazi movement, and after the war was over, superheroes had obtained new nuclear superpowers (the Atomic Thunderer and the Atomic Man). It was during the "Golden Age" that comics introduced a new characteristic involving the adventures of a superhero in fictional worlds.