30 January 2012

Comics & Time

Growing up, Mcloud used to have this recurring day dream which stuck with him for quit some time. In this dream he felt the world was made to please him, like a big show being put on for him daily. The reason this is important, is because chapter three in "Understanding Comics," he introduces closure. The correlation between the two is that we as human beings assume the "norm" is taking place when were not watching. Were not sure of what or if anything is going on if we can't be a witness. "Our precept ion of reality is an act of faith based on mere fragments," is an example Mcloud gives to further expand on the topic. Explaining that people view the world as a whole but can only tell as much as their five senses (smell, see, listen, taste, touch) will let them, but in all actuality the world is incomplete in many aspects. Mcloud uses a few examples that were very helpful in my opinion. One he used that was extremely helpful was a mother and child playing "peek a boo." As infants, committing the act of faith is nearly impossible, so what they rely on is their five senses. In the game of "peek a boo," the moms face comes and goes but she still remains. Closure can take place in many different ways, from pictures, to newspapers, even television to posters. Closure is that space that takes place from one panel to the next. In another example where there is a man with an axe in back of another man in the first panel, and an "eeyaa," in the next, Mcloud may have drawn the crime scene up, but myself as the reader actually committed the crime in my own way. The space between the two panels allows the reader to put mystery and their own ending into action.
Next, transformations are introduced. Mcloud begins to talk about the different types of transitions which include, panel to panel, action to action, subject to subject, scene to scene, aspect to aspect, and non-sequitur. By transition, he explains how different each set of panels can be and how our minds adjust to each one and make sense of a set of panels that make no sense at all. Action to action is by far the most popular transitions used it comics. Mclouds main point in this chapter is to inform the reader how critical it is to understand closure while reading comics because without it, the reader would not be able to relate to what they are reading and identify the relation with the author. Imagination during the closure is huge!

Reading chapter three for the first time I did not really understand it so I had to go back and read it for a second time. In my opinion this chapter was probably the best yet. The reason being is I personally love mystery and things being left for me to figure out. This whole chapter was basked on closure and transition which allowed me to look at panels and add the mystery and transition in myself. Panels are not what they seem. Reading between the lines and going beyond what your eyes see is very important!

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you went back to understand it better.

    But what's with all the quotations? Summarize, don't quote.