01 February 2011

Comic Science 101

Scott McCloud in chapters 3 and 4 in Understanding Comics, really gives a deep look into the basic science behind comics. What I mean by this is he really talks about what’s going on mentally for the reader through each picture, and in between as well. He describes how when we read a comic, we use our imagination in each individual box to inspire thoughts that go beyond what’s being told in the box.
It’s just like a young child playing peek-a-boo, they can’t see you, hear you, taste you, or touch you, so they think it isn’t even there, inexistent. He calls it an act of faith. So from panel to panel when you read, and use your imagination, that’s what he describes as closure. So our minds have to piece together the comic using our imagination, which means our own mind can unravel a story that is unlike the story in the imagination of another’s mind. Comics have six different translations through the sequential panels to help closure. One panel can represent more than one specific moment in time. Size really does matter as for the value of the comic. Bigger gaps between panels, signify a bigger pause, yet when there are no “boundaries” on the panel, it can show a timeless value. Motion can be influenced in many different ways but most use lines to move it through the given sequence or just even the single given background.
Over the two chapters in Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud talks about the exact sciences of what it means to be reading a comic. The use of imagination makes it so unique to each individual, to how they might think of what may be going on in the comic. Also the use of these panels and how they affect the time of the comic.  

1 comment:

  1. Your writing's good here, Pierce, but your summary is a little light. Try not to cram summaries together in the future; give each chapter the attention it deserves.