There's been a lot of critique threads lately and I kmow a lot of people here are very hungry for constructive criticism on their technical work regarding their comics but I've been thinking...
And what I really would love, is seeing more literary analysis of comics in general m. A lot of artists put symbolism into our comics, be it with mythipoeia, classic symbols like violins, precious metals, dead flowers and other things that can and does bear inherent symbolic meaning...
Anyway I guess I'm just interested in that side of comics, and I wish we talked about it more.
Edit: this does not mean, I do not appreciate the value of technical critique, and I very much think the forums should keep having technical review threads.
I am also not asking why no-one is reviewing my comic, i simply stated my interest in that side of the matter by saying that the thought of a different form of critique was the catalyst of these thoughts I'm about to share concerning media consumption and interpretation.
Edit*: If you do not find literary analysis interesting, you don't know what it is, or you find it aggravating to think about for some reason, you're free to move on and not write in this thread. I don't find it interesting that you don't know what literary analysis is, and I do not care that you don't see the point of it. Also, if you are an amateur artist and you don't have a comic that has enough depth or thought behind it for literary analysis, that's fine, you don't need to feel attacked by this. Don't be scared someone is gonna do an in depth reading of your comic if this is the case, it probably won't happen.
Being a BA of literature and having worked a lot with amazing books and done a lot of literary analysis, I just wish that was a more prominent thing in the online art community.
Edit: I am aware not everyone has a degree in literature, I do not expect everyone to have a degree in literature. I do not mind, if people aren't interested in literary analysis, that's fine, but then the thoughts I'm expressing here doesn't apply to you.
Also I know for a fact, that people who don't have a higher education are capable of literary analysis, and implying they aren't just because they don't have a degree is frankly insulting, so please don't use that angle to discuss this with me, just because you don't personally enjoy analysing media.
The art we make is so much more than surface level and so much more than "you use too much text in your speech bubbles" or "you should learn to colour better".
Those are important parts of being a comic artist as well, but there comes a point where those kind of critiques aren't as helpful anymore, because everything in your comic is as you want it to be.
Edit: If this doesn't apply to you, that's okay, you don't have to let me know.
Anyway if you have a comic where you focus on symbolism and there's room for interpretation of some elements or you have anything you think would make it into an English teachers analysis of the blue curtains showing the mental state of a character, or a dead oak tree symbolising decadence and moral decay, please post them.
Edit: I'd love to see the works of like minded people who enjoy symbolism in art. If your comic doesn't have this, and you don't care about it, that's okay, there's no need to mention it to me, it's not relevant.
This isn't a review thread, it's not a thread asking for reviews either, it's a thread where you can show your comic if you also find literary analysis interesting.
I have my own, it has a lot of literary references and parallels to my favourite novellas, as well as symbolism and idk something more than meets the eye I guess.
Edit: if you don't enjoy intertextual references and symbolism, that's okay, you don't need tell me, I accept you for who you are, but this thread isn't about you.