31 January 2010

4 and 6

In chapter 4 McCloud talks about time in a panel. He explains that even though there are different ideas in one picture time still passes. he explains this on page-96, as he says, "the actions we see in one picture cant be all at the same time." He compares it to a rope. as he says each inch of a rope is a second. so if you put 5 different balloons on one rope then each ballon will have its own action at its own time. same as people in a picture. McCloud states that a silent panel shows a single moment in time rather than multiple characters in multiple discussions. he next talks about the relationship between time depicted and perceived by the reader. he explains that time and space are one of the same, and that just the little space between panels can be millions of years. McCloud says that a panels shape and size can help readers understand the time difference. He also says that in a silent panel it may be used to depict timelessness. Most of Japanese comics do silent panels more because their comics are so much longer they can use more detail.
The main points of chapter 6 is the evolution of our language. For instance when the first humans wrote they wrote paintings or symbols which if you think about it is kinda what comics are. As humans evolved we stopped putting pictures with our words. We just used symbols then written language. then after a while we went back to putting pictures with words to give it a greater meaning. in the beginning of the chapter he shows us as kids we were allowed to put pictures and words together as long as we grew out of them. He explains that as kids we read picture books because it is easier to read. then we go to less pictures. and then no pictures, then he says no pictures at all. He says the main reason pictures go back into the game was be cause of the art movement this attracted many many people to pictures again after a multi-century drought of pictures and art. Then he talks about how pictures and words combine to make comics. heres how he broke it down. The first is word specific, where pictures illustrate, but dont significantly add to a large text. Then there are picture specific, which is where pictures do most of the talking. And then finaly duo which is a nice mixture of both pictures and text. There are also some smaller versions like additive which words amplify a picture. As well as some others. He describs comics at its best when pictures and text are like a dance that is in sync.


  1. Good, I like your ideas Maxx. I agree with your main points and how McCloud explains these concepts.

  2. Which ideas do you like, Toni? 'Cause I'm only seeing McCloud's ideas summarized by Maxx here.

    Maxx, this is better than your last post, but you still need to proofread more closely. Also, where's your response to the reading? That's half the post, remember.