02 February 2010

time in comics and how to show and tell

First of all Scott McCloud in chapter four is talking about time frames in comics. He starts off by introducing one big panel and tries to explain to the reader what it is doing by asking if you think it is a single moment or not. McCloud try’s to tell the reader that just because it is a single panel does not mean it is a single moment. He explains that the single panel takes at least thirty seconds to read. So he goes on to show the reader what it would look like if it were broken up into multiple panels to make it look more like a comic in the readers eyes. He shows how some panels do depict a single moment by introducing sound that might make it true, but he explains that it is the panel itself that would make it true. In McClouds eyes the panel is the most over looked icon and is the most important part. He goes in to major detail saying it is like the human skin and holds everything together. The panel does not have any major meaning compared to the pictures or text but it does indicate general time and space is being divided. Panels come in many different shapes and sizes and affect the reader’s experience. So what McCloud is trying to get to across to the reader that panels effect what the reader perceives and gets out of the comic.

In chapter six McCloud is talking about show and tell. He starts off by showing this kid in class trying to explain to the class what his toy can do. The kid is using words and his toy to show what it could do. Even though the kid did not give a very good explanation to the class, the class understood what it could do. The reason McCloud starts off that way is to show that people from the past used pictures more as symbols rather then pictures because they had meaning for the people. But as time went on people started using fewer pictures and started becoming more abstract. Then after the invention of printing sound was the only then to represent what the word meant. Same as with paintings people started making them more realistic. It explains that pictures and writing started getting further apart from each other and they did not mix with each other. Pictures started more getting more abstract and writing started get more difficult such as the use of poems, but as time went on people started incorporating pictures and text with each other once again. McClouds main reason of the chapter is to prove that pictures and writing go with each other and makes it an easy way to appeal to the reader such a comic.

My opinion about chapter four is that it was confusing. Like with that first panel he explains that it is not all a single moment. I think it is a single moment because all of that can be happening at one time but then closure makes the words seem like it’s not a single moment then if you put it in to different panels it makes it as it was not a single moment. I don’t know pretty confusing. Over all I thought McCloud used this chapter just to take space up in the book because he talks about motion and time in the same chapter. Maybe he does think they are not too important to comic? Chapter six I thought was pretty interesting. I like how McCloud is trying to get to the readers how important it is to have text and pictures in everyday life. I like how he explains that pictures and writing just compliment each other and does not make it complicated such as society suggest.

1 comment:

  1. This is a pretty good post, Jay! But the red makes my eyes hurt ;-) Also, proofread just a tad more closely. Otherwise, nice work here.