31 January 2012

The gutter is where the mind should be!

In Chapter 3 of Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics he is articulately showing the readers what is in between the lines, what we don’t see as the readers, and that is what is in the gutter. We read the part where it talks about how a BIG part of comics is the space in between the scenes. We may not realize it but our brains are filling in that space making it our own story with another person’s ideas. We may see the actual picture but we fill in the rest as to what is underneath the panel, and this I have learned is called closure. This means we see what is only on paper, but perceive the partially drawn scene as a whole, which can be the author’s main goal for the reader to achieve while reading a comic. Reading from that view point I learned that I do that with almost everything, I can’t see it but I know it’s there. For example when you go to the grocery store, you buy the groceries knowing they have the intended contents without the tendency to open up the bag and see for yourself. We assume, we fill in the blank.
            In this chapter I have also read about the differences in styles many comic authors have. The moment-to-moment and action-to-action transitions vary on the author’s techniques and writing styles, this is where the east and the west comics’ are then separated. While they differ they still achieve their purpose of the story telling, as unalike as they may be.


  1. Cool! I like how you related buying something at the store without opening it to check the contents. Good job :)

    1. I agree. That's a great example. But let's have some more response, Erin!