Han Yu (2015). The Other Kind of Funnies: Comics in Technical Communication. New York, NY: Baywood Publishing Company.

Authors

  • Suzanne Rintoul Conestoga College

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31468/cjsdwr.44

Abstract

Han Yu’s "The Other Kind of Funnies: Comics in Technical Communication" challenges the notion that technical writing is too “rational” or “serious” to accommodate the conventions of comics-style communication. She does this by illustrating comics’ unique ability to distill and reinforce information in ways entirely appropriate not just for complementing the purposes of many technical writers, but also for fulfilling the needs of their diverse audiences. The book’s major strength lies in Yu’s capacity to locate the productive nexus between two ostensibly dissimilar modes so that by the final chapter those connections seem not only probable, but natural. This text will be especially useful to scholars of rhetoric (particularly those invested in visual culture and/or technical writing) and practitioners of technical writing eager to embrace new (or in some cases re-embrace older) ways of seeing the relationship between textual and visual elements. The clarity with which Yu distils complex theoretical concepts makes this book appropriate reading for undergraduate or graduate courses as well as for non-scholarly audiences.

Author Biography

Suzanne Rintoul, Conestoga College

Suzanne Rintoul teaches in the School of Language and Communications Studies at Conestoga College. She is the author of Intimate Violence and Victorian Print Culture (Palgrave, 2015).

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Published

2016-12-30

How to Cite

Rintoul, S. (2016). Han Yu (2015). The Other Kind of Funnies: Comics in Technical Communication. New York, NY: Baywood Publishing Company. Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie, 26, 25–27. https://doi.org/10.31468/cjsdwr.44

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Review and Commentary