31 August 2009

In Chapter tree Scott McCloud begins the chapter on how the perception of humanity is viewed through each and everyone's senses. Perception of reality has to be an act of "faith." McCloud is saying that even if some never visit China or walks through the cold of Siberia, he or she will know something is there through the acts of faith. If someone world is incomplete, McCloud says that we must use closure for our very own survival. Closure takes on many complexities. In photograhy, film, media, and perhaps even live combat. Visual icongraphy goes hand to hand with closure in comic literature. Comics have to provide more closure for the audience because it has less visualzation so it must provide the imagination and even broader effects. Panel to panel is when comics have to be very distinctive. Comic must provide either: moment to moment, subject to subject, action to action, aspect to aspect, non-sequitor or scene to scene.

Chapter four was basically about time frames. Time is comic compare to no other form of entertainment. Scott McCloud bascially calles it "weird" Portraying time he says on a vertical axis only trangles up time after so long. A silent panel though can sometimes be portrayed as a single moment. The duration of time and dimensions of space are defined more on the contents than the actually panel. Panel shapes sometimes will alter the reader's experience in this case. Learning to read comics time is learned to be read spatially. Time and space are considered one in comics. Additional effects such as multiple images or streaking effects get the readers more involved in the action. The ability to depict action in time frames make the comics become even more fun. Subject motion makes the object more involving. And wth time generally leads the comic to either action or sound.

Chapeter 3 and 4 are generally more involving than the previous chapter. It gives us as students the allowing to understand the reason why we see what we see when we read or watch television. Also the studying of time frames in ingenious.


  1. Ashton, this is a good post, but don't forget to proofread or give your post a title!

    Lastly, I really want you all to expand on your personal thoughts. They don't have to only focus on the reading. For example, how is closure used in your favorite movies, TV shows, video games, etc.?