30 January 2012

The simple, and the complex.

The beginning of chapter 3 in the book Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud introduces a topic known as closure. He begins introducing closure by explaining what happened to him when he was a younger child. When he was a child, he daydreamed and later found out that there were other people who daydreamed, and never knew that their daydreaming was actually a theory! McCloud explains that closure meets human needs by using their 5 senses, (seeing, tasting, smelling, feeling, and listening). I agree with McCloud when he gives an example of what a baby perceives when playing the game known as "Peek-A-Boo".  McCloud explains that when the sight of "Mommy" is actually there, to a baby, she isn't and will eventually appear at some point for them.

Between panels is where we can find closure. Our mind wonders while reading panel to panel and allows us to connect each panel together with the last one that we saw to pretty much make a reality of the comic. According to McCloud, "Closure in comics fosters an intimacy surpassed only by the written word, a silent, secret contract between the creator and audience." I agree with McCloud because in order for there to be closure, a person must actually see, or know about something in order to understand and come to an understanding of the topic. Talking about this topic leads McCloud to explain how the creator honors art and craft. There are 6 panel transformations. Moment-to-moment (which requires little closure), action-to-action (shows progression), subject-to-subject (stays within a scene), scene-to-scene (transports us across distances of time and space), aspect-to-aspect (sets a wandering eye on the different aspects of the comic), and the non-sequitur which has no logical relationship between the panels.

Closure is very important when it comes to reading comics. It makes the reader become involved in the reading. While I read this chapter, it taught me a different way of looking at comics. Now that I understand the term "closure", it actually helps me to understand the meaning of what is being said in the comic. It helped me to read through chapter 4 thoroughly and swiftly.     



  1. I too agree with you and McCloud. I also believe that a person must have some type of understanding on a subject in order to come up with their own interpretation of a story.

  2. Chantel, you're breaking the cardinal rule of summary writing: keeping your opinion separate from the summary. Here, you're going back and forth between the two.