Understand Comics- Scott McCloud
Intervals between pictures create the illusion of time. Sound in comics help introduce time. Also action and response demonstrate time. As comic readers, we see actions that occur in order of time but, different actions in one strip can happen at the same time in a plot. Panels are important in this chapter. Panels are important because they help indicate time and space. McCloud mentions that it is not hard to estimate the time between panels. A way to lengthen time in comics is to add more panels, widening the space of the panels and stretching the shape of the panels. Panels in comics can represent the past or present. During the late 1800s, people tried to capture things in motion. An example of that is the top picture on page 108 and 109. Each panel shows the runner running to jump and then landing. Motion lines in comics show movement, multiple images and streaking show motion.
Chapter six is about words and pictures. The beginning of the chapter explains how words and pictures are interchangeable. The interchange of words and images helps get the point across. Pictures are representations of words. Overtime text has dominated pictures. Word specific, picture specific, duo specific, additive, parallel, montage and interdependent are the different styles of panels. Word specific are “pictures that illustrate but don’t significantly add to a largely complete text”. Picture specific are words that “add a soundtrack to a visually told sequence”. Duo specific is that in a panel, both words and pictures have the same message. Additive panels “amplify or elaborate on an image or vice versa”. In parallel panels, “words and pictures seem to follow very different courses without intersecting”. Montage panels are when “words are treated as integral parts of the picture”. Interdependent describes “words and pictures that go hand in hand”. Comic artist can show only fragments of a scene which leads to abstraction or expression. By showing fragments, it can give emotional information or shift time.
I did not like the end of chapter six. I think it could have gone into better detail. I have a hard time understanding how “words lock in the meaning of a sequence. So far chapter four was the easiest chapter for me to understand. So I liked that one the best. I felt like it wasn’t a boring chapter and it was interesting.