Chapter 5
in Gothic effigy
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The Gothic pedigree of the first graphic novel proper, Joseph Franz von Götz's Lenardo and Blandine, was amply manifest at the time of its publication. Wilhelm Busch engaged with a much wider range of Gothic materials in his long career of producing comic strips for the hand-coloured Bilderbogen, and the Munich Fliegende Blätter, in southern Germany from 1859 onwards. Louis Boulanger's Ronde is a provocative lithograph full of dark humour and Diablerie and which vaunts the suspicious hybridity of its medium. Charles Burns has reintroduced this medium into Gothic culture and instated its importance as Goth expression by appearing as the 'Roving Artist' and hand-cutting silhouettes at Goth and Steampunk festivals throughout Britain. Gothic calendars that exclusively feature images of females run the gamut from restrained renditions of pre-pubescent she-elves to quite lurid erotic work.

Gothic effigy

A guide to dark visibilities

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