Blog Post 4: Visual Narrative I

While reading Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, I gained a lot of valuable information that I can use when complete ling the typographic storytelling assignment. I’ve never been much of a comic fan, so I wasn’t feeling particularly excited about this particular reading assignment. However, I found so many different aspects of life that invoke a lot of the rules and techniques used in comics. I also really enjoyed reading the book and it opened me up to the idea that I might be a comic fan after all.

When it comes to time frames, the first thing I learned is that an image does not have to represent a single moment in time. A variety of methods can translate to the reader the duration of time in which certain actions are taking place. One of the most effective ways of doing this is by showing a sound of an activity that is familiar to the audience so they can get a realistic idea of how much time is passing. You can also lengthen a duration of time by adding more panels (with no new content) or by creating a wider panel to show a longer period of time than the panels next to it. One thing I found really interesting was that a silent panel usually offers no clues of duration and will often linger in the reader’s mind and follow them through the rest of the story.

The section of the book that I think was the most influential for me was about how to show emotion in your comics.

Scott McCloud tells us that “the idea that a picture can evoke an emotional or sensual response in the viewer is vital to the art of comics.”

For the Typographic Storytelling assignment, I am planning on there being two distinct emotions that I want the reader to feel. McCloud gave me a lot of ideas about the powerful way we can use lines and images to convey emotion.


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