Tracing, re-tracing and transferring

Experiments on Rodolphe Töpffers use of autography. Gunnar Krantz, professor within the arts, visual communication, Malmö University. Seminar 2024-03-20.

In the project “Autographic Double Exposure – the Narrative Characteristics of the Inked Black Line in Comics”, funded by The Swedish Research Council, I will explore two different printing techniques; autography and risography and relate them to contemporary comics. During the first part of the project, I am focusing on autography (e.g. transfer-lithography), in relation to the self-published works of Rodolphe Töpffer (1799–1846), often named “The Father of Comics”, who not only created and published what today is considered the first comic in a modern sense, but also reflected and published two essays on his findings. In this seminar I will give a summary of the project, and present some of my findings – practical, as well as theoretical. The seminar was presented at The School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University in March 2024.

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The project is financed by the Swedish Research Council.