In the original version of Richard McGuire’s comic Here, published in the magazine Raw in 1989, an initial panel depicting the empty corner of a living room at an unspecified point in time introduces a journey in time over a fixed space, in a to-and-fro of temporal leaps ranging from the age of the dinosaurs to the year 2030. The first panel is an almost abstract image, just a few lines converging on a point, verging on an illusion of space and perspective, depicting one corner of a living room next to a window. This article begins with this first image of an empty space, stripped bare, that underpins the whole development of Here, to venture a hypothesis of a negative aesthetic, a visual logic of emptying out and tearing in contemporary US television fiction series and comics.
Aesthetics of Negativity in US Television Fiction and Comics: Here by Richard McGuire and Twin Peaks, the Return
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