Comic - meaning and definition. What is Comic
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What (who) is Comic - definition

Comic; Comic books and strips; Comic art; Sequential-Art; Graphic album; Comic Album; Graphic Album; Comcis; Comic storytelling; 9th art; Childrens comics; Comics creators; Sequential arts; Ninth art; Comics art; Comic story
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If you describe something as comic, you mean that it makes you laugh, and is often intended to make you laugh.
The novel is comic and tragic...
Most of these trips had exciting or comic moments.
Comic is used to describe comedy as a form of entertainment, and the actors and entertainers who perform it.
Grodin is a fine comic actor.
...a comic opera.
A comic is an entertainer who tells jokes in order to make people laugh.
= comedian
A comic is a magazine that contains stories told in pictures. (mainly BRIT; in AM, usually use comic book
Joe loved to read 'Superman' comics.
= comic book
·adj Causing mirth; ludicrous.
II. Comic ·noun A Comedian.
III. Comic ·adj Relating to comedy, as distinct from tragedy.
a.; (also comical)
Droll, funny, farcical, ludicrous, laughable, diverting, sportive, humorous.



Comics is a medium used to express ideas with images, often combined with text or other visual information. It typically takes the form of a sequence of panels of images. Textual devices such as speech balloons, captions, and onomatopoeia can indicate dialogue, narration, sound effects, or other information. There is no consensus amongst theorists and historians on a definition of comics; some emphasize the combination of images and text, some sequentiality or other image relations, and others historical aspects such as mass reproduction or the use of recurring characters. Cartooning and other forms of illustration are the most common image-making means in comics; fumetti is a form that uses photographic images. Common forms include comic strips, editorial and gag cartoons, and comic books. Since the late 20th century, bound volumes such as graphic novels, comic albums, and tankōbon have become increasingly common, while online webcomics have proliferated in the 21st century.

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 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 (manga) propose origins as early as the 12th century. Modern comic strips emerged in Japan in the early 20th century, and the output of comics magazines and books rapidly expanded in the post-World War II era (1945–) with the popularity of cartoonists such as Osamu Tezuka. 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 academics.

The English term comics is used as a singular noun when it refers to the medium itself (e.g. "Comics is a visual art form."), but becomes plural when referring to works collectively (e.g. "Comics are popular reading material.").

Pronunciation examples for Comic
1. comic.
Why We Love Star Wars _ Ken Napzok _ Talks at Google
2. did comic after a comic after comic, specifically exposing,
Krazy Kat, the Poetics of Passing _ Michael Tisserand _ Talks at Google
3. comic strip.
Unshelved _ Bill Barnes _ Talks at Google
4. comic book.
BAM! Discover Your Superpowers _ Chase Masterson _ Talks at Google
5. a comic.
Seconds _ Bryan Lee O'Malley _ Talks at Google
Examples of use of Comic
1. He was a comic stereotype and we Brits like comic stereotypes.
2. Comic–Con, the country‘s biggest comic–book convention, begins Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center.
3. "I‘m a big comic book fan, and I‘ve been reading comic books since I was 5.
4. Comic record Cage‘s 141 comic books sold in 2002 for more than $2.25 million, setting a world record for comic book auctions.
5. Losing a leg is neither tragic nor comic, just unfortunate." Neither tragic nor comic – just unfortunate.