Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
Laura Parkinson

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Parasha: Understanding Comics - September 10th reading

A promising chapter title, at least!

The persistent daydream about the rest of the world not existing sounds like something I've heard others mention before, although I don't *think* I've had that particular one. It sounds somewhat similar though to Alice's bit of a dream, where she dreams that she's told she's the dream of the White King, and that when he wakes, she'll vanish. I'd say it was the other way around, but Alice (as she was in the stories) was in fact the "dream" or creation of Carroll, so... yeah.

At least it's his legs that Little Icon Scott is missing, rather than his pants!

Anyone else look at the game of peek-a-boo and think "Schreodinger's Mommy"? Anyone? At all? *whistles*

He's still beating a dead horse into the ground whenever he introduces a new concept though. Okay okay, I get the idea of closure already, in like one page. I don't need you continue on for multiple MORE pages about it to get it through my thick skull! Argh! And I guess I'm not allowed to skim. *sigh*

Really, this guys' style, I'll admit, is annoying me. I mean, he's got some interesting ideas, and a nice turn of phrase here and there ("To kill a man between panels is to condemn him to a thousand deaths,") but he just has to hark at the same idea two million times, saying the same thing repeatedly, rather than introducing more new and interesting concepts, or illustrating more ways that a concept is actually used, or what have you. I mean he might *eventually*, but only after hammering the first point on for multiple pages until I just don't really even care about anything more to do with it.

Maybe I'm just impatient.

At least once he gets past explaining the idea of closure, it starts to pick up and become more interesting again though, and we get to see actual different transitions, and how they work in comics, especially contrasting different types of comics, which intrigues me. I think some of these things I've internalized in re: the differences between typical Western fare and manga, and am just seeing spelled out really for the first time here. Like the moment-to-moment transitions, which most Western comics I've seen just don't seem to have much "time" for.

Anyhow, some interesting stuff, but gleaning it is sometimes a matter of picking through too much harping on the same theme, so it's a bit of a roller-coaster. In general though, some of the stuff in this chapter's been pretty interesting, and probably come the closest to bringing me more understanding of comics, so I'll take this as a good sign, I guess?

Remember, Monday: Chapter 4! See ya then.
Tags: books, parasha, parasha_understanding_comics
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