Sunday, March 28, 2010

Understanding Comics Chapter 4

In Chapter 4, McCloud talks about the relationship between time and comic panels, how their shape and use affect perception, and how motion is represented. Something that I found most enlightening was the use of longer panels to show the passing of a longer period of time. In the 1800's motion was added to individual panels, using motion lines to represent an object going across space. This can give a panel even more control over time as someone plays out in their mind how long it would take for that action. McCloud's point throughout the chapter, however, is that timing in comics is not as simple as "1...2...3" it is subjective to the content of the panels and use of panels themselves.

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