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Eep! Yes, I forgot, mea culpa. But it's still the 13th! This might be a bit shorter than usual though, just because. (I'll try not to skimp though!)

This... well, time, we explore another part of comics that I've sort of mused about in the back of my mind but not necessarily put into words, the fact that a panel of a comic, while the artwork is frozen at a single moment, necessarily stretches further than that (well usually) due to dialogue, reactions, and so on. Although I don't think I ever took it further, to think about the fact that really the actions in a panel might be happening non-simultaneously. Which is just... weird, but makes sense at the same time.

Am I alone in not being sure though that I'd perceive the longer (physically) panel as taking longer in time though? Or in perceiving the wider gutters as longer intervals of time?

And I've also never heard "zip-ribbons" used for motion lines. Never! At least, I'm pretty sure not ever. Huh.

Anyhow, I guess when you really get down to the contents of this chapter, it's stuff that seems fairly self-evident, but at the same time, is hard to actually think about if you're not totally buried in the making of comics. So it's interesting!

Next time, assuming I don't forget *cough cough*, will be Chapter 5: Living in Line. Be there or.. well, you know the drill by now.


Sep. 15th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
I'm not sure about "wider gutters = more time passes" either. Wider frame, I could feel myself agreeing with as I read it, but when the entire focus of the conversation is about time, I may have been primed for it.

The most interesting bit for me was the one long panel where time passed as you read left-to-right. I think I've seen that done elsewhere, maybe in the Sunday comics, so not just as an academic exercise. That's a fun kind of tinkering with the system. I've also seen people borrow objects from other frames, but that's more obviously breaking the fourth wall.

I liked the references to Japanese style and influence. Oh, and I've definitely never heard of "zip-ribbons" but the concept is certainly familiar.
Sep. 15th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
I think the left-to-right time passing thing may be somewhat more common, especially since when I first read it I didn't even really think of it like that - it just seems natural.

And yeah, motion lines, I've definitely heard of as a concept. But as zip ribbons...? No. Never.