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Which grammatical number should be used when speaking about one comic strip consisting of several pictures?

I would use "comics" in both cases:

This comics is very interesting (about one comic strip).

These comics are very interesting (about several comic strips).

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    This "comic (strip)" is very interesting. These "comic (-s/strips)" are very interesting. – Teacher KSHuang Mar 13 '17 at 10:54
  • And Are you a fan of the comics? has the approximate meaning, "Do you like to read that section of the newspaper?" – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 13 '17 at 12:51
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This comics is not grammatical. Because comics is plural, it has to read these comics.

But a comic strip is just that, a number of pictures/images strung together to tell a visual story.

Comics in the plural is understood to refer to a number of such strips/magazines or to comedians.

So the correct answers are:

This comic (or comic strip) is very interesting,

and

These comics (or comic strips) are very interesting.

(http://www.thefreedictionary.com/comic)

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Comic, singular, may designate either a 'strip', an integrated series of panels, published on a single occasion:

today's comic = the strip published today

the previous comic = the last strip published before the current one

or a work, a sequence of strips published under a single title:

David Willis' newest comic 'Dumbing of Age'

Comics is the plural of comic in either sense, so it may designate either a set of strips

today's comics = the strips published today, typically the page of strips in a newspaper

last week's 'Dumbing of Age' comics = the strips published last week under the title 'Dumbing of Age'

or a set of works

I regularly follow about a dozen comics.

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  • Thank you, StoneyB. Is there any special word denoting one drawing of a comic? – Yulia Mar 13 '17 at 17:52
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    @Yulia Each drawing is a 'panel'. – StoneyB on hiatus Mar 13 '17 at 18:32

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