Friday, June 28, 2013

ComicCon and websites

I've unfortunately been very busy lately, so blogging has taken a hit unfortunately. However, a few notes about upcoming things...

First, after two years away, I'll be back speaking at Comic-Con International this year! My talk will be about "Comics and the Brain" and what neuroscience can tell us about how what goes on in people's brain's while they read comics. The final schedule hasn't been set yet, but it looks like my talk will be on Friday afternoon. Stay tuned for more details.

Also, in the next few weeks I'll be rolling out my new website. I will be officially changing the url for both the main website and the blog (the RSS feed should stay the same though). So, in anticipation of those changes, please update your links to:

Website: http://www.visuallanguagelab.com

Blog: http://www.thevisuallinguist.com 

Both of those addresses will, for now, bring you to the existing websites. However, in about two weeks, everything will launch again afresh on those sites while I slowly close things down on the existing web addresses. Looking forward to it!

Finally, if you happen to be going to the Cognitive Science Society Conference in Berlin this year, I'll be giving a talk as part of the Glushko Dissertation Prize Symposium on Saturday morning.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Two for No: theory in practice

I'm happy to be able to announce that my friends Alexander Danner and Tym Godek have a new weekly comic series called "Two for No." What makes it even more exciting for me is that the comics are all based around ideas from my theories!

Several years back, I wrote a paper about "visual language poetry" for ComixTalk where I proposed a "formal" type of visual language poetry that did not imitate the structures of verbal poetry, like when people create "comic haikus." Rather, my poetic form—and my proposal for how to make more poetic forms in visual language—drew directly from the properties of the structure of the the visual language of comics.

That poetic form was called a "Reducto" and it's been played with a bit previously by Grant Thomas, who also explored some of his own manipulations of it.

Now, Alex and Tym offer a whole series that is based on these ideas. They also go further than just using my form and have started making another visual language poetic form, the "Dissociation."

When I lived in Boston, I'd often wax theoretical with Alex and visited classes he taught on comic literature and creation. He frequently queried my thoughts on how my ideas might translate back around to the "practice" side of things, and got very excited when I recalled these ideas about poetry. I'm really glad he and the ever-talented Tym have been exploring these further, and I was glad to be able to see a sneak peak as they started on them.

In fact, Alex's pushing me about this stuff lead me to seriously consider adding a chapter in my upcoming book about visual language poetry. Alas though, I started running out of space and it didn't make the cut. Who knows, maybe Alex and I will one day get around to writing the "visual language theory in practice" book we've discussed in the past, with a whole chapter on this stuff?

For now though, go check out "Two for No," bookmark it, and visit every Monday when they post new comics!

Monday, June 10, 2013

11 years and pretty cover

I always seem to miss these things when they happen, but as of May 31st, my website has now been online for 11 years!

The amusing thing is that as another year goes by with my website, I am currently working hard to completely redesign and relaunch the site with the new url, www.visuallanguagelab.com. As I've mentioned before, now would be a good time to update your links if you haven't already. Full launch of the new site should be in a month or so.

In the meantime, production is still mounting on my new book. I expect to receive the proofs any day now. Even though it won't be released until December in the UK and January in the US, it has a cover!  Check it out: