Monsieur Pencil, Rodolphe Töpffer, p.46, 1840
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Comic as the origin of a new visual imaginary. A documentary essay on sequential storytelling in Rodolphe Töpffer’s work

September 2019 to August 2020

Leading institution: HEAD – Genève
Project Leader: Benjamin Stroun
Project Team: Benjamin Stroun, Raphaël Oesterlé
Funding: HES-SO, HEAD – Genève

Through a thorough analysis of Rodolphe Töpffer's comics, we will try to identify all the effects produced by the basic narrative mechanisms of comics. This analysis will help us better understand how these effects can produce new aesthetic phenomenas. The results of this analysis will be used as raw material for an experimental documentary video-essay whose objective will be to show the work of Töpffer by replaying the mechanisms of comics through the means of cinema.

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