31 January 2010

understanding comics chapters 4-6

Chapter four started out with Scott asking the question of a single panel holding a tic in time. He then shows a single panel with several seconds showing thought a short conversation at a family gathering. This model is used to show how several moments in time can be seen in one single panel. This is so because space and time in comics are one. Then Mr. McCloud goes on to the topic of time in-between comics. How the human mind is expected to imagine what happens in these spaces in-between panels. The panels themselves can also show time elapsed. Such is a single panel being displayed several times in a row. Panels can also jump to large distances in time. This effect relies heavily on the reader to determine what happens in the time in-between the panels. At the end of this chapter Scott then describes several ways of displaying motion. Such as panel to panel, strategic use of lines, or even image to image on the same panel.

In chapter two Scott starts by showing several images that he says displays emotion. This entire chapter is stationed around the several ways an image can produce feeling using icons. Scott also shows how words can help create that effect. With images Scott believes using thicker lines may emit anger or fear out from the reader. Several other icons may have the same effect such as a water bead streaming down the face of a character shows emotions of fear or nervousness. Not to mention the backgrounds or even the set up of a panel. In the same way iconic words such as “BAM” may release emotions of excitement.

The last chapter assigned had gone into a deeper detail of the relationship between drawings and literature. In this chapter Mr. McCloud show how the world was reliant on icons and images to document and write. Than the images were more abstract. Then became more realistic, and then back to abstract. Finally the stage we are in witch is writing that have a certain sound to them. In the last part of the chapter Scott show the way the word and images fit together and how moving them around can cause a scene to change entirely. He then shows a story of a girl going into the rain to get ice cream and then enjoying it at her home. Scott shows how words can tell the story better or even change it completely.

These chapters have set up a new train of thought for me when I read comics in the future. Now I know what my role as a reader should be for me to get the ultimate meaning on each issue. I have learned why authors have chosen to skip from scene to scene when they write. I liked these chapters equally but I think they were a little bit too hard to understand. I feel that these chapters would be a lot more interesting if the ideas were put in more of a lemans terms. All in all these three chapters were interesting and fun to read.

1 comment:

  1. Your summary of Chapter 4 is excellent, Tim. But after that, you king of lost me. Why did you get into Chapter 2? That was the assignment last time.

    Still, it's obvious you're really engaging with the text and enjoying it, so I'm glad!