Sequential art

Reviewed works tagged this way are printed cartoons, traditional comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, manga, gekiga and so on.

Not everything that flies is a fly and some flies don’t fly. In Understanding Comics (1993), Scott McCloud proposed the term sequential art for the medium of comics covering all of the above. That was nice of him, because not all comics are comedies and not all comedies are comics. A lot of comics just do stand-up.

McCloud’s suggestion did not enter the mainstream and is easily confused for animation in moving pictures. It is also a poor fit for single-panel cartoons. It is still better than the most popular English terms. I use it together with nonsequential art.



The following make direct references to the sequential art tag.