Game comics: An analysis of an emergent hybrid form

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There has long been a shared history of visual influence and narrative crossover between comics and videogames. Taking this history into account, this article provides a critical examination of the newly emergent medium of game comics. A game comic can be defined as a game that takes the underlying structure and language of comics as the basis for its gameplay. The article presents a case study on two prototype game comics that were created as a practice-lead enquiry into the potential of the form. The study draws ideas from comics, games and new media theory. It uses these ideas to examine changes in the aesthetic experience of the comic form that have resulted from digital remediation. In this manner the article provides a critically grounded exploration and analysis of how the medium of comics can be adapted via hybridisation with the ludic qualities of the videogame.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2014


  • digtial
  • comics
  • videogames


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