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Drawing Truth Differently. Matt Bors' Fictional Satire and Non-Fictional Journalism

Declercq, Dieter (2019) Drawing Truth Differently. Matt Bors' Fictional Satire and Non-Fictional Journalism. Imagetext. Interdisciplinary Comics Studies., 11 (1). ISSN 1549-6732. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:75641)

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This article investigates the comics of American graphic artist Matt Bors, which fall into two main genres: satirical

cartoons and graphic (or comics) journalism. Interestingly, Bors also cultivates two different drawing styles—one

cartoonish, the other more naturalistic – which map onto the distinction between these two genres. This stylistic

difference in Bors’ comics introduces the question of why he consciously cultivates a cartoonish style for his satire and

a more naturalistic style for his graphic journalism. The proposal I develop is that this stylistic difference helps Bors to

frame his satire as fiction and his graphic journalism as non-fiction. To be clear, I will not advocate that certain

drawing styles are essentially fictional or non-fictional. Yet, in the specific context of Bors’ work, the drawing style is

one significant marker that frames his comics as fiction or non-fiction...

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Dieter Declercq
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 14:40 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:06 UTC
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