Comics is a form of visual art consisting
of images which are commonly
combined with text, often in the form of speech balloons or image
captions. Originally used to illustrate caricatures and to entertain
through the use of amusing and trivial stories, it has by now evolved into
a literary medium with many subgenres.
The most common forms of printed comics are comic strips (most
commonly four panels long) in newspapers and magazines, and longer comic
stories in comic books, graphic novels and comic albums. In the
first two forms the comics are secondary material usually confined to the
entertainment sections, while the latter consist either entirely or
primarily of comics.
A comic book is a magazine or book containing sequential art
in the form of a narrative. Comic books are often called comics for short.
Although the term implies otherwise, the subject matter in comic books is
not necessarily humorous, and in fact it is often serious and
action-oriented. The term "comics" in this context does not refer to comic
strips (such as Peanuts or Dilbert). In the last quarter of the twentieth
century, greater acceptance of the comics form among the general reading
populace coincided with a greater usage of the term graphic novel, often
meant to differentiate a book of comics with a spine from its
saddle-stitched form, but the difference between the terms is ambiguous,
as comics have become increasingly available in libraries and mainstream
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490 Merchant St # 103, Vacaville, CA 707 448-0833
Blue Moon Comics
1555 S Novato Blvd # A, Novato, CA 415 898-7706
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5424 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 415 668-3544
6632 Covey Rd, Forestville, CA 707 887-1524
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1451 Southwest Blvd # 103, Rohnert Park, CA 707 765-6930
114 W 8th St, Santa Rosa, CA 707 573-9643
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526 7th St, Santa Rosa, CA 707 546-2000
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609 Main St, Suisun City, CA 707 425-6308
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It also sometimes differentiates between an issue in a serial story
and a self-contained story or one-shot although this term was used
primarily in the 80s and 90s.
Anime an abbreviation of the word "animation". Outside
Japan, the term most popularly refers to animation originating in
Japan. To the West, not all animation is considered anime; anime is
considered a subset of animation.
While some anime is hand drawn, computer assisted animation techniques
have become quite common in recent years. Like any entertainment
medium, the story lines represent most major genres of fiction. Anime
is broadcast on television, distributed on media such as DVD and VHS,
and included in video games. Additionally, some are produced as full
length motion pictures. Anime often draws influence from manga, light
novels, and other cultures. Some anime storylines have been adapted
into live action films and television series.
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