Difference between connotative and dogpile
- having the power of implying or suggesting something in addition to what is explicit
Stories are never just arguments; they work most effectively by being neither didactic nor definitive: they attract and hold our attention because they are connotative not denotative.
I remember that 90s rule to create characters for Image Comics (from progressiveboink): 1 - take a pre-existing Marvel or DC Comics character that fat guys would like (The Punisher) 2 - change his name to couple a negatively connotative word (blood, die, death) with a second but completely unrelated negatively connotative word (shot, hard, blow) 3 - draw scribbles all over him
The suppression of colour made it possible to control the aesthetic qualities of the picture and helped to structure its connotative meaning.