02 February 2012

Understanding McCloud

Understanding McCloud

            In chapter four McCloud explains that comics have an understood timing between each panels. He goes on to explain that people reading comics fill in the blanks during the spaces in-between each panel. McCloud says that it is good to do this because it makes the reader become a part of the comic. If the comic has a man with a gun facing someone in the first panel, and in the second panel there is a scream and all you see is the man with the gun in the second panel the reader most of the time connects the dots that the other person that was in panel one is now dead. The way this includes the reader is the reader never saw the other person shoot anyone or even actually saw anyone die, they assumed it in their head and they even made up a way that the person died. The person may have ran and got shot in the back they may have just stood there either way the reader was the one who really killed the person not the man. By understanding the timing between the panels it draws in the reader and makes them apart of the comic instead of just the reader.

            I agree with McCloud because when we talked about it in class it helped me realize that everyone that reads the comic thought of completely different ways to kill the person. One person in class had a completely different way of killing of the character than I did. Timing between panels in comics make the comic a story. Understanding exactly what McCloud is trying to say is kind of confusing sometimes because he contradicts himself in this chapter when he says that a panel that does not have any other panel following it is not a comic but he uses on panel with many people in it as an example of a comic. This confuses me so is this a comic or is it not? To my understanding of what McCloud said one panel is not a comic.

1 comment:

  1. I definately agree with you concerning the "connecting the dots" part. In comics i have noticed that they use this technique to get the reader involved. I do not remember the correct name for this technique but it has to do with an implied scene which we have made up in our minds. I believe the abscence of words and the pictorial sequence of actions can be a great and powerful part of understanding the framework of these type of comics. :)