“Comic books as Ontographs: The composition process of Abrégé de Bande Dessinée Franco-Belge”
In this paper I examine the composition process of my book Abrégé de bande dessinée franco-belge, published in 2018 under the book catalog of eight publishers in Europe and elsewhere. Abrégé was built following the precepts of ontography, a model of conceptual representation for objects theorized by video game designer and Object Oriented Ontology philosopher Ian Bogost. Abrégé presents a visual a personal typology of graphemes drawn from a shared reservoir of the Franco-Belgian bande dessinée tradition, where one can find a variety of comics proto-memes, metanarrative devices, paratextual elements and building blocks of the European BD. The discussed book appeared under the following titles: Abrégé de bande dessinée franco-belge (Belgium: La Cinquieme Couche, France: L’Endroit, Switzerland: Helice Helas), Compendium of Franco-Belgian Comics (Greece: Topovoros, Israel: Gnat, Italy: Fortepressa, Brazil: Antilope) and Visuelt kompendium over konventionelle genretræk i den fransk-belgiske tegneserielitteratur (Denmark: Forlaens).
Published in Cuadernos del Centro de Estudios de Diseño y
Comunicación, No 125, “La Historieta Desbordada y Estallada.
Un Lenguaje Mutante”, University of Palermo, Argentina (March 2021)
Presented at the Tradition and Innovation in Franco-Belgian Bande
Dessinée Symposium, University of Leicester, (March 2020)