31 January 2012

Fill in the Blanks With Your Imagination

In Chapter three of Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud, he starts off the chapter with an example of how society assumes things, he states "I've never seen the earth from space firsthand, yet I trust that the Earth is round." It shows that even though we haven't experienced seeing the world from outter space in person, we begin to assume that it is still round however. He then starts to explain that comics works in a similar way. The space between each panel in a comic is called a "gutter", the gutter allows the readers to piece together their own scenario of what could happen between each frame. The gutter can be used differently in each comic, some comics allow for a lot of the readers imagination, where other comics only give you a small ammount of imagination between scenes. Their are six different types of transitions between panels, such as, moment to moment, action to action, subject to subject, scene to scene, aspect to aspect, non sequitar, these six transitions require imagination.Overall in this chapter McCloud is trying to make the readers understand that unconsiously as readers we create our own scenario, and we assume many things, which makes reading comics a different experience for everybody.

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