Emory Cinematheque Explores Comics In Cinema

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Print cartoons and movies are “twin media.” 

That’s according to Dr. Eddy Von Mueller, a senior lecturer in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Emory University. Mueller says that newspaper comic strips first appeared on American newsstands in 1892, the same year Thomas Edison introduced his first movie-watching machine. Both forms of media were treated with suspicion by the sophisticated elites.

Some of the earliest films were based on print cartoons, but it was not until the 1980s that Hollywood studios really began to scour for source material in comic strips, comic books and graphic novels. Today, cartoon- and comic-based movie production is at an all-time high, and the “sophisticated elites” increasingly view both media as “serious art.”

With that in mind, Mueller has curated this semester’s Emory Cinematheque program, a weekly series of free film screenings. This semester’s theme, “Drawn to Film: From Comics to Cinema,” explores the century-long relationship between movies and print cartoons, comic books, and graphic novels. 

Emory Cinematheque screenings are free and open to the public. Mueller will introduce each film. The full schedule is available here.