08 February 2012

Closure? Oh Closure!


In understanding comics’ chapter 3, it goes into detail about what closure is and how it is perceived in today’s society. It gives a quick definition of closer is which is, how we piece fragments of an image together to see the entire picture. An example that is gives is when we look at the world we will only see fragments and not the whole thing but our minds place the fragments we see together to, again, see the whole picture. Another example is when we are younger and our mothers are playing Peek-A-Boo with us and she covers her face with a blanket we think that she is gone when in fact she is still there but at a young age if we do not see it, touch it, taste it, or feel it than it does not exist.
 So with that said than when we move on to comics and the space that you find between the panels. You use your imagination to piece the two together to tell what can be happening. Even though there is nothing between the panels, experience tells us that there is something there and when you piece the two ideas together they transform into one image. For example in comic strips or books we see separate images that are a jagged picture of unconnected movements but closer allows us to mentally connect them for one continuous movement.

 Like moves, comics use the viewer’s imagination to pieces each fragment together so that they can tell a story along with what is being told. For example in a movie you see a couple kissing and then move off the screen your imagination, in a way, guesses what will happen next. Well the same goes for comics. In chapter 3 page 68 it has two pictures. The first one is of a man with an axe and a man pleading for his life. In the other picture you see that someone is screaming but what you don’t know is that you are the one that killed the man unknowingly. The artist of the comic mearly drew two pictures not telling you that the man with the axe killed the other or who was the one that screamed but you as the reader were the one who killed the man and swung the axe. So thanks to closer we piece fragmented pictures together to see it as a whole.
I find what Mc Cloud states about closure to very interisting. I find it interisting because in chapter 3, according to Mc Colud, "visuial icongraphy is the vocabulary of comics, closure is its grammer, and since our definition of comics hinges on the arrangement of elemens than in the real sence CLOUSER IS COMICS," but how can e say that when in the first chapter he states that comics is sequential art.So in other words the definition is just expanding for a greater understanding of what comics really are.

1 comment:

  1. Not a bad post, Makaela, but you need to proofread much more closely ;-)

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