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  • Collection: Teleologies of the American Comic
  • Item Type: Technology

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The iPad was first released on April 3, 2010. Its immediate success threatened to revolutionize the comic book industry.Digital versions of popular comics are now available via an assortment of mobile devices. Most of these devices attempt to…

Visualizing the World Wide Web.
If the Internet is the infrastructure, then the World Wide Web is the content; at least the content with which most people are familiar. As an information medium, the Internet provides people with a context in which to build content. The Web makes up…

"Og- Son of Fire" uses a 3 x 3 panel layout.
The text bubble, the panel layout, one-shot publications, and the serialized narrative are all examples of the standardization of comic book formatting. Without these standards, the comic may not have developed into the recognizable literary form it…

A book in clamps, ready for adhesive binding.
At the onset of mass production, higher quality paper covers protected the magazine-size publications whose interior pages were made from the much cheaper pulp paper. The brightly colored, hand painted covers appealed to both adult and young adult…

Hand painted cover art for pulp magazine.
Advancements in color ink technology allowed for brightly colored mass-produced serials that appealed to a wider audience. Serialized publication of original comics began to fill a niche in newfound consumer demographics. For the first time, the…

Amazing Stories, 1940
Prior to the advent of wood pulp paper, most paper was made from rag pulp. Collecting used rags to make paper was economical but limiting. When the rags ran out, so did the paper and it was expensive to use new cloth. These limitations kept the price…

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The rotary press imprinted images using a rotating cylinder, which allowed for faster, more efficient, and higher quality printing. At upwards of 8,000 pages an hour, the steam-powered rotary press further increased the speed at which materials could…
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