Comics are essentially: imagery (non-specific), and words (but not necessarily, and not forgetting that words are also images), arranged in a linear sequence to tell a story (non-specific, and in the digital realm, â€œlinearâ€ is up for grabs as well). That’s all. No mention of ink and line, word balloons, etc. These things don’t define comics, they are ticks and mannerisms you can use or lose, like â€œthe fade out,â€ â€œthe voice over,â€ â€œthe jump cutâ€ in film.
Other quotes from Dave McKean.