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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v14n17 (04/30/2015) » Section: Graphic Traffic


The “absent referent” can be defined as a thing being so conspicuously absent from a situation that said absence is rendered obvious. In the revolutionary text The Sexual Politics of Meat, Carol Adams takes the idea into the realm of animals and animal rights, saying that “the function of the absent referent is to keep our ‘meat’ separated from any idea that she or he was once an animal…to keep something from being seen as having been someone” (13).


Outcast is Robert Kirkman’s followup to The Walking Dead, the popular comic book that was turned into a hit TV series. Kirkman admits that with Outcast, he wanted to create a series that “is way scarier” than The Walking Dead.

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