28 January 2012

Chapter 3 Closure

In chapter 3 of Understanding Comics, the Invisible Art, the author Scott McCloud introduces the concept of closure and its importance in comics. Closure is when your mind puts together the individual parts to create the whole picture. This is the most vital element of comics, it is how the reader perceives a story from a sequence of still pictures. There are six types of closure, moment-to-moment, action-to-action, subject-to-subject, scene-to-scene, aspect-to-aspect, and non-sequitur. The most commonly used styes are two-four, especially in the western world. However, in the east, mostly Japan, the aspect-to-aspect style and moment-to-moment are used almost equally with styles two-four. Style six is very rarely used in any comics around the world. Closure can be used both inside the panels, and in-between them. Closure in-between the panels allows the reader to imagine using all of their senses what happens from one panel to the next. This is the art and magic of comics, it puts the story into the readers imagination, creating endless possibilities to a single story.

This chapter was very interesting to me. I have never noticed how much my mind fills in when I see a sequence of images. I think this helps prove his point that there is a comic for everyone because everyone perceives the same comic a little differently according to their own taste. I liked how he explained the differences between western comics and Japanese comics because it shows that there really are tons of different ways that you can draw comics.


  1. "Closure can be used both inside the panels".

    This is an important point, and it's great that you picked up on it. It relates to McCloud's definition :-)

  2. Your post helped me understand the chapter much better. Thanks:)

  3. I think you did a great job going over what closure means and how it relates to comics. I think you could have mentioned that the in between closure is called the gutter. Other then that I think your blog was right on target with what chapter 3 was emphasizing.

  4. Your description of closure was really informative and helpful.