Comics is a way used to express thoughts by pictures, often combined with text or other visual information. The term comics refers to the comics medium when used as an uncountable noun. When comic appears as a countable noun it refers to instances of the medium, such as individual comic strips or comic books: "Sara’s comics are in the basement."
Comics frequently takes the form of juxtaposed sequences of panels of images. Panels are individual images containing a segment of action, often surrounded by a border. The size, shape, and arrangement of panels each affect the timing and pacing of the narrative. The contents of a panel may be asynchronous, with events depicted in the same image not necessarily occurring at the same time.
Often textual devices such as speech balloons, captions, and onomatopoeia indicate dialogue, narration, sound effects, or other information. Cartooning and similar forms of illustration are the most common image-making means in comics. Common forms of comics include comic strips, editorial and gag cartoons, and comic books. Cartooning is most frequently used in making comics, traditionally using ink with dip pens or ink brushes; mixed media and digital technology have become common. Cartooning techniques such as motion lines and abstract symbols are often employed.
Text is frequently added into comics via speech balloons, captions, and sound effects. Speech balloons indicate dialogue or thought, with tails pointing at their respective speakers. Captions can give voice to a narrator, convey characters' dialogue or thoughts, or indicate place or time. Speech balloons themselves are strongly associated with comics, such that the addition of one to an image is sufficient to turn the picture into comics. Sound effects mimic non-vocal sounds textually using onomatopoeia sound-words.
The history of comics has followed different paths in different cultures. Scholars have posited a pre-history as far back as the Lascaux cave paintings. By the mid-20th century, comics flourished particularly in the United States, Western Europe (especially in France and Belgium), and Japan. The history of European comics is often traced to Rodolphe Töpffer's cartoon strips of the 1830s, and became popular following the success in the 1930s of strips and books such as The Adventures of Tintin. American comics emerged as a mass medium in the early 20th century with the advent of newspaper comic strips; magazine-style comic books followed in the 1930s, in which the superhero genre became prominent after Superman appeared in 1938. Histories of Japanese comics and cartooning propose origins as early as the 12th century. Comics has had a lowbrow reputation for much of its history, but towards the end of the 20th century began to find greater acceptance with the public and in academia.
Comics are often the work of a single creator, however, the labor of creating them is usually divided between numbers of specialists.
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The word Comic has many other different meanings than the main meaning.
First, when used as a description, Comic means funny: The novel is comic.
Comic is also used to describe comedy as a form of entertainment, and the actors and entertainers who perform it.
Moreover, a comic is an entertainer who tells jokes in order to make people laugh.
Finally, a comic is a magazine that contains stories told in pictures.