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Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall, Dailies (detail), 2003–, silk screen on paper, 22 x 30".

But if you start out to “read” a comic, you are starting

out wrong. . . . Comics are to be looked at first . . .

—Samuel R. Delany, Silent Interviews: On

Language, Race, Sex, Science Fiction, and

Some Comics

YOU CAN HIT HARD or be as sensitive and silly as you like. You can be immediate and topical in ways that are less forgiving in, say, painting. For freewheeling cultural and critical commentary, I cannot think of a more flexible platform than the daily newspaper comic. The loosely gridded, standard half page can accommodate an extraordinary variety of styles, subjects, and treatments. And the near-impossible feat of following one’s favorite strips for long, uninterrupted sequences makes discontinuity integral to our experience of the medium. Interruption, then, becomes a useful device for stacking complex scenarios and playing around with shifting areas of attention. When

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