Framing: Leandra Choy

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pages 250 and 251 of Thirteen Cats of My Childhood by Jesse Reklaw from The Best American Comics 2006 by Harvey Pekar and Anne Elizabeth Moore

With all graphic novels a key characteristic is framing.  Framing helps bring attention to certain scenes or emphasize parts of the story. Not only does framing consist in just graphic novels, but also in other parts of life like picture frames, your laptop screen, etc. Frames can show up in less obvious ways as well like when you crop an image. The cropped image has an implied frame which makes your eye focus on the new image. In comics, it is important to have good framing so the reader can easily follow the story. The two pages I chose from Thirteen Cats of My Childhood by Jesse Reklaw is an example of easy framing. When I was reading this comic it was pretty easy to read through because the framing layout was simple. Each frame had partial bleed to the picture (the drawings seem to continue off the page) which makes things more interesting to the comic. The partial bleed shows when the image “bleeds” off the sides from two or three sides but either the top or bottom of the image has a border or blank spot for text. You can imagine the whole scene instead of just focusing on the characters. The scene helps to understand the story. Some parts don’t have a literal frame, but an implied frame like the small section in the middle on page 250. However, that small scene is framed by the other frames around it and the page margin.

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