26 January 2012

Chapter 3

In, Understanding Comics The Invisible Art, the author Scott McCloud tells us about transitions and closure. Chapter 3 is all about transitions and how the creator of the comic uses them strategically to give the reader closure. Their are 6 main transitions they are moment to moment, action to action, subject to subject, scene to scene,aspect to aspect, and non-sequitur. In most comics the creator uses action to action,subject to subject, and scene to scene. in Japanese comics they use 1-5, mostly using scene to scene. The panel transitions are all used for closure. Creators of comics have to make sure they get the right balance of transitions so the reader can have closure. If the creator has to many then the reader may not get any closure at all. The icon and non iconic drawings could also have an affect on the closure of a comic.

This chapter was really interesting. It helped me to understand why creators of comics do things the way they do them. I never really thought there was a reason for the transitions other then i thought the creator just wanted to add a little extra art into the comic. Its pretty cool how your mind can make a conclusion based off of on transition like an eye closing, you see and open eye and a closed eye but your mind adds in the extra steps giving you the closure he was talking about.


  1. I also thought this was interesting. I didn't realize how often I use closure in my everyday life as well as while reading comics. I liked how you talked about the difference the icons can have on closure, I had forgotten the difference icons can make.

  2. Not a bad post, though a more detailed description of closure might have been helpful. And watch the "i"s :-/

  3. I thought this was interesting as well. l didn't realize how much the reader is involved when it comes to comics or reading in general. You're right about the icons, it helps the reader with closure.