01 February 2010

Chapters 4&6

Chapter 4 is about “Time Frames”, the author is explaining that not only does each panel show a moment in time but sometimes there is a lot going on instantaneously. Just as pictures and intervals between create an illusion of time through closure, words introduce time by which it can only exist in time… as sound. The author shows you that just because there’s a lot on one panel does not mean it’s happening all at once, it’s like reading from left to right, like on pg. 96. The panel shows the uncle snapping his camera, which blinds his nephew, the boy moms says something, and it leads to the daughter tell her mom to let him snap the pictures. If you just look at the panel it looks like it’s happening all at once but it really isn’t. The author tells us comics generally leads us to one or two subjects, sound or motion there are two subsets for both sound and motion. Sound breaks into word balloons and sound effects, motion breaks down into panel to panel closure, which is very important that’s why it had its own chapter and the second is motion within the panels.
Chapter 6 is “Show and Tell”, the author goes into a deeper detail of the relationship between drawings and literature and shows how much we try to separate pictures from words but the earliest words were stylized pictures. He shows how some written languages that survives to this day with traces of their ancient pictorial heritage. In a German comic from the 1400’s words and pictures stayed separate refusing to mix them. The author explains that the written word became more specialized, abstract or symbolic, more representational and specific. He tells readers that many comic creators’ still measure art and writing by different standards and act on the faith that great art and great writing will combine harmoniously by virtue of quality alone.
I like the way he explained everything in chapter 4 because you would read a comic as if things were all happing at once and he real gives good examples and details to break down what he was really trying to say. As for chapter 6, I didn’t really understand him that much; he was losing me in some spots he made some good points I guess I will understand it more after class tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Not a bad post, Max. But I bet you could have gotten a little deeper here :-)