Friday, September 17, 2010

Reading Response: Notes from Understanding Comics

In a refreshing format, the reading from Understanding Comics gave a lot of useful vocabulary and information on the creation of a narrative. It stated the importance of closure, how it is applied in the mind of the viewer and gave multiple examples of how to achieve this end. Sometimes, a shape or an outline is enough to trigger closure, other times it might take more to transform it into a reality. As the agent of change, time and motion, closure requires active participation on the part of the audience which, in my opinion, means that I should make it engaging enough for them to stay interested. In explaining various methods of carrying out closure, the book gave six relationships that occur across the gutter; moment -> moment, action -> action, subject -> subject, scene -> scene, aspect -> aspect and non-sequitur (no relationship). As I continue to work on Kibera TV as a narrative in different channels, I am interested in playing with the ability of the viewer to complete a thought by giving them only enough information through images, sound or text to understand the concept or data.

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