Social and Cultural Interests between Comic and Animation Films

By Cristina Manzano Espinosa.

Published by The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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Interaction between comic books or graphic novels and animation film is favored by an interesting number of common places. Most of them deal with linguistic, thematic, and esthetic items, but also with social concerns. Choosing a socially committed perspective can have a negative repercussion in commercial interests. But it is an inestimable option for educational purposes, as authors such as Wright or Rodríguez Diéguez set out. Even so, the present scene for this relationship with animation is very restricted compared with full-length films using real image as a narrative option. The transfer from comic to film represents the need of extending the impact of that narration, often without renouncing to produce a very literal result. That is why a great number of adaptations are carried out by the same literary authors. There is no systematization in this kind of production, and alternative means of financing, such as crowdfunding, are emerging. A few titles, nevertheless, gain access to a massive spreading or broadcasting system, which allows this kind of production to be active. We will analyze several successful cases to determine similarities between the artistic, thematic, and linguistic areas, exploring the social and cultural values of both comic and animation works. This article has been completed within I+D+i Research Project: “The Brand Image of Spanish Cinema” (CS02011-24622). It has been financed by the Spanish Secretary of Science and Innovation.

Keywords: Comic and Social Interests, Animation Film and Social Interest, Comic-film Adaptation

The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 10, Issue 3, September, 2015, pp.37-45. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 444.854KB).

Cristina Manzano Espinosa

Professor, Audiovisual and Cinema Narrative., Departamento de Comunicación Audiovisual y Publicidad II (CAVP II) Facultad de Ciencias de la Información. (Communication), Universidad Complutense de Madrid., Madrid, Madrid, Spain