31 January 2012

In The Gutter Chapter 3 Summary


In chapter 3 of Scott McCloud’s book, he breaks down what the in between the lines of comics. What we as readers see and don’t see, more of a “read-in-between-the-lines” sort of deal. Going through the book we know that there are more to comics that meet the eye. It’s not just a collaboration of picture and cartoons; it’s a more in depth complex piece of literature then that.  What this chapter is really going into is the technicalities of even though something isn’t there; we still assume that it is, that’s what our minds perceive. Also comparing it to a game of “peek-a-boo”, even though the mother playing with her child is still there, the child’s mind says that she is gone. His definition of this act where we observe the parts but perceiving them as whole, is called closure. He uses this definition throughout the chapter to describe the so called “gutter” of comics and other areas as well. While reading about the gutter we learn that in a comic book, the transition from one panel to the other, the space in between, is the gutter, this is where we do the assuming of what happened between events.
I as an avid comic reader, I honestly didn’t know about the small details such as the transitioning "gutter" area that all comics have. It makes since that the time we assumed happened in between was just something created by our mind, because in many daily things we do it all the time. When we read or watch a television show, our mind will put things into the story to continue the flow. If we watch an episode of our favourite cartoon, they could leave a crucial scene out and our imaginations immediately take over to justify what happened. It’s a common every day thing, and until I read this chapter, I never noticed how much we see “gutters” in our daily life. 

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