29 January 2012

Close That Space!

         In chapter three of Scott McClouds Understanding Comics he goes into depth about many topics that help the world of comics function. It helps us as readers believe that more credit should be given to comics than many people believe. Throughout this experience the world of comics has become very clear that they are a lot more complicated than meets the eye. During chapter three McCloud discusses how comics have a story to tell between each panel where blank space exists. This blank space between the reader is called closure. Closure is something that we do in everyday life. Even if the reader cannot see beyond the page he or she is reading they trust that there are still more pages filled with information about comics. That is what McCloud calls closure and this is what we explore during this chapter.
         Closure allows the reader to use his or her imagination. Closure plays a huge part in comics because without it and the imagination of the reader each panel would be an individual and comics would be unreadable. The creators of comics are trusting that each reader can make an assumption between each panel in order for the story to flow smoothly. This is where the reader has to get involved with each comic and they are helping the creators story come to life along the way. No matter what type of panel the creator has decided to use whether it be moment-to-moment, action-to-action, subject-to-subject, scene-to-scene, aspect-to aspect, or non-sequitur the creator is putting their faith in the reader that they can create their own story between each panel for them to understand.
         This chapter opened up a window that I was unable to see within comics. It helped me better understand the many possibilities that comics can open. By allowing the reader to provide closure between each panel the creator is letting the reader take their story and add their imagination to the mix. In the end we are all getting the same content but how the reader creates that content is their choice.


  1. Not bad, Karli. But your response should include more than just what you've learned from the chapter. Think also about how you can apply it, what it proves, etc.

    1. After todays class I am able to understand what you mean by applying what I learned. If I had to make a connection right now I would relate closure to the universe, becuase even though we cannot see it we know it is ther.
      Does that work?

    2. Kind of, but even with that, you're really just restating what McCloud has already said.

  2. I liked how you let us know more credit should be given to the authors. I also liked how you explained the part about closure.