Textuality and Graphic Novels: Identity, Influence and Adaptation in V for Vendetta and Beyond

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This paper presents a multimedia/hypertext/PowerPoint presentation that focuses on the graphic novel V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd and the 2006 adapted film version of V for Vendetta, directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski. This presentation addresses the history of graphic novels and looks at recent trends in the medium, compares two scenes from the graphic novel with the film, and weaves in theoretical concepts such as the relationships between text and image, the use of simulation and semiotic analysis. Other issues discussed include the use of theatrics, masks and constructed identity in both texts. Finally, the presentation concludes with a look at the future of graphic novels and a call to further academic studies of this emerging textual medium and its growing life in virtual online forms.

(Source: Author's abstract, 2008 ELO Conference site)

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Title Developers Year initiated
PowerPoint (Microsoft) Robert Gaskins 1987
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Scott Rettberg