Finding a Tagline for Comics
The consensus boiled down to the marriage--or synergy, as jac put it--between art and words which for many comics enthusiasts would be that defining benefit of comics, with art contributing significantly to the experience. It can be as simple as "kasi may drawing lalu na kapag maganda, nakakaakit" as how James described it, or as analytical as "I love the amount of control comics gives me as a reader...I can scan through a comic quickly to get a quick feel of a story, or I can spend minutes pondering a single panel" the way Jaime explained it.
Reno also suggested the ability of comics to "speak to the child in us, since that's how kids start to like reading, by perusing picture books." So there's an element of innocence in there, suggesting how exciting reading comics can be. Comics can evoke a sense of anticipation and wonder--you read and see stories unfold. And in a relatively quicker pace, I should add--"the imagination is backed up and interpreted powerfully by the art/drawing, which any novel would complicate," according to ten e.
So as these answers swirled in my mind in between sips of brewed coffee, I thought of this...
"Comics. Stories beyond words."
It's a two-fold tagline. Firstly, it describes the medium, comics being vehicles for stories told not just with words, so it's literally "beyond words." Secondly, the tagline describes the emotional experience when reading comics. Well-made comics are able to engage a reader in different ways through learned application of the word-image synergy, to the point that explaining what goes on becomes, well, indescribable. It makes the medium more personal.
When it comes to translating this tagline into Filipino, however, I'm stumped. In developing a tagline for Philippine comics, we may as well try a different approach.
But what do you think about "Comics. Stories beyond words." Does it fit? Does it stick? Can it be improved?
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Also in the comments page of the previous post, Joel Chua also offered a 12-point list on the physical advantages of comics, a great set of ideas for anyone who wants to try alternative routes in creating and marketing comics.
To everyone to posted their comments, thank you!!!