30 August 2009

Closure of Comics

In chapter three of "Understanding Comics", McCloud expresses his view on closure. Closure is the shown by the senses we use. These senses help clarify scenes in comic books. Closure gives comic books a way of creating scenes and letting the reader use his or her imagination. "Comic panels fracture both time and space offering a jagged, staccato rhythm of unconnected moments. But closure allows us to connect these moments and mentally construct a continuous, unified reality". Closure is also used in movies to create suspense and to challenge the audience. It gives comics way of imagination and lets the reader make his own effects. Also in this chapter McCloud talks about gutters. Gutters are the space between the panels. It is the blank white ares spacing the panels apart. The different transitions that take place give the comic endless possibilites to what can be in the panel. The panels transition by movement or different scenes displayed. Moment to moment, action to action, subject to subject, scene to scene. All of these transitions represent the transitions that comics show.
Chapter four is about how long a scene of a panel can actually take. Looking at a panel you would just guess that it is not a long scene. But more than one conversation or action might be taking place. Panels are used as a general indicator that time or space is being divided. The time that each panel takes up varies. All comics have panels that separate different scenes. But sometimes one scene can be broken up into other panels because there is more than one scene going on. Even wider panels can give out the message of time consuming. On page 101 it shows a man asking a question and the man answering is blank. Then in the next panel he answers. It gives the reader a pause in the conversation and makes the comic into reality.
These two chapters opened my eyes to comic books. And they go into depth about the theory behind even the smallest things. Such as the gutter and giving it meaning to why it is there. I respect the fact that comics are not just are and speech bubbles. They are far more advanced than i thought they were.


  1. First off, Mo-Town, proofread your post; at least hit the spell-check button before posting ;-)

    Secondly, I want you to expand on your own thoughts towards the material. Perhaps you could expand on how the concepts of closure and time make comics "more advanced." You don't have even have to just tell me what you thought about the chapters. Maybe you could talk about how closure is used in your favorite movie, TV show, video game, etc.

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