Belgian comic books originally written in Dutch show the influence of the Francophone "Franco-Belgian" comics, but have their own distinct style. As in its English equivalent, the word "bande" can be applied to both film and comics. Significantly, the French-language term contains no indication of subject-matter, unlike the American terms "comics" and "funnies", which imply an art form not to be taken seriously. Relative to the respective size of their populations, the innumerable authors in France and Belgium publish a high volume of comic books. In North America, the more serious Franco-Belgian comics are often seen as equivalent to graphic novels, but whether they are long or short, bound or in magazine format, in Europe there is no need for a more sophisticated term, as the art's name does not itself imply something frivolous. In France, authors control the publication of most comics.
Proto-comic books[ edit ] The development of the modern American comic book happened in stages. Publishers had collected comic strips in hardcover book form as early as , with The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck , a collection of English-language newspaper inserts originally published in Europe as the book Histoire de M. Dillingham Company published the first known proto-comic-book magazine in the U. A hardcover book, it reprinted material — primarily the October 18, to January 10, sequence titled "McFadden's Row of Flats" — from cartoonist Richard F. Outcault 's newspaper comic strip Hogan's Alley , starring the Yellow Kid. The page, square-bound, black-and-white publication, which also includes introductory text by E.
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