Todd Van Buskirk releases a comic titled, “There are two comic panels on p.76.”
The reason for the existence of the two panel comic book appears to be explained by the text “There are two comic panels on p.76,” but this sentence itself isn’t all together clear on the story behind the story, or if there is a story to consider.
In this book there are three texts to consider. First there exists the text that announces where the panels are to be found, and second, the text inside the thought balloon of “Apple Pennington” and the dialogue balloon of her totem lion. The sentence “There are two comic panels on p.76” is not only the title of the book, but also populates each page of the book. Besides the copyright page, there is only one page in the book where “There are two comic panels on p.76” is absent, and that is page 76, where the two comic panels reside.
Todd Van Buskirk calls “There are two comic panels on p.76” a graphic novel (or comic book), because at the simplest level, a comic is sequential art with text.