30 January 2012

Chapter 3 Blood in the gutter

Chapter three is all about closure, and how the author's of most comics assume you to know certain things. The chapter informs us that we look at the world using our five senses. Although at a younger age, you're not really able to use your senses, and a great example of the game peek a boo was given when the child knew his mom was there a second a go, yet she disappeared so quickly. The chapter also helps us understand the six main categories and also explain the variations of eastern and western translations. Regarding the six categories, Moment to Moment requires very little closure. Action to Action features a single subject in distinct progressions. Subject to Subject requires the reader's involvement. Scene to Scene requires deductive reasoning. The fifth element Aspect to Aspect sets a wandering eye on different aspects of a place, mood, or idea. The final element is the Non-Sequitur that offers no logical relationship between panels. The whole idea of closure and the assumptions of the comic readers really in my belief is really securing the fact that there is a comic book out there for everyone. For example when McCloud explains that in the killing scene, we as readers all took part in the killing, it's true that we did because in our minds, we are the ones that decide how much force we use when dropping the axe down on the man.

All in all, my thoughts on the chapter are that I actually enjoyed reading the chapter. It wasn't too long or as long as I thought it would be. The most interesting thing to me in this chapter is the idea of closure and how we as readers really do take part in the comic. It was puzzling to me how well I connected with the assumption thought that we as readers know what a closed eyeball looks like drawn, because the reader assumes that we in general know what a closed eye looks like. I didn't really understand the differences of comics in the eastern and western regions, because I believe they are different styles from one another since the east and west have different cultures.

1 comment:

  1. "I didn't really understand the differences of comics in the eastern and western regions, because I believe they are different styles from one another since the east and west have different cultures." Well, that IS the difference :-)

    Janelle, this is a pretty good post. Just be careful to keep your opinion separate from the summary.

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