29 January 2012

"without time where would we be"

in chapter four of Scott McCloud's book on understanding comics I have read that what time frames do in comics is that create a sort of pause to where it separates moments in between different panels. Also that single panels are used to just show how a single moment even if silent portrays the division between space and time. in comics time and space are the same different from what occurs in real life, and if a writer of comics wants to make such of a longer pause for the reader to feel they simply make more panels in the comic. to the fact that we are staring at a closed panel it is something such as a kind of timeless space due to us not knowing if the panel ever ends. all panels represent a past and present in the way we read. then when moving images became a part of everything in 1880 comic artists such as Marcel Duchamp began to paint motion by using such things as motion lines. over the years these motion lines became more complex and styled. to finish off I read that sound and motion are mostly the main topics of comics but it all depends on the persons frame of mind to determine illusion or normality.


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  2. Remember though that Scott Mcloud goes on to say that time can elapse in one single panel and if a reader can dismiss this idea, the comic can still be functional. I guess it ties in with Scott's ideas of how versatile comic books can be.

    1. Yes! And how does that effect McCloud's definition?!

  3. Cam, we're gonna have some issue if you keep writing your blogs like last semester. You're not in ENGL 111 anymore.