01 September 2009

After reading chapters three and four of Scott McClouds Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, I learned how comics use closure, types of panels and use of illustration on how time moves in comics, and the styles of motion. McCloud describes how the human mind is put to work in what makes comic books great and entertaining, describing to us the reader that we use our senses to experience everything around us. The problem is that we are only able to experience a fraction of a fraction of what exists and put faith in that everything else that we are unable to experience exists.

McCloud explains the way how we humans use closure in things we see and relate to what that person, place or thing looks like. McCloud also show how the gap between every panel is a form in which we use to figure out what happens between the panels. A great example and explanation is on pages eighty eight and eighty nine. McCloud says that what happens between the two panels happens in your own mind in which thousands of possibilities can occur upon readers. This is what McCloud explains as participation. This participation in the comic is what I never really thought about until now.

In how time moves in comics and the styles of motion, I didn’t find to interesting because I knew they existed and I knew it happened in the comic. Yes the basic elements for most comic books have to use motion and time movement but I found little interest personally.

1 comment:

  1. Trini, what's the title of your post? And your summaries need a little more substance. What's McCloud's definition of closure? And you barely scratch the surface of Ch. 4.

    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.?