Layering is a really e
ffective method to convey a message as a whole through the use of multiple assets. It also gives more room for creativity because one can make changes to one layer without effecting the other assets. Which basically means there are more ways to use assets to convey meanings.
In Lynda Barry’s “What It Is” on page 109, she effectively uses various types of layering to tell her story. She uses cut and paste layering, physical layering, typographic layering and temporal layering. She uses cut and paste and physical layering through the pieces of actual cut out papers and the envelope. She uses typographic layering through her words and texts. She uses temporal and virtual layering through the birds only showing half their bodies, indicating that the walls of the envelope are some sort of portal or frame. That is also virtual layering because the birds are draw on top of the envelope. It’s important she uses layering in her case because she has a lot to say and convey, but it would be extremely hard for her to do so using only one method and one medium. So she uses a lot of layering to effectively put together a page that conveys a message that she intended. If she didn’t use layering, just the envelope part alone would be a whole page. Through layering she can cram everything into a confined space. Like there is first the envelope, then the paper, then there are words on it and birds drawn on. That shows how much layering can be involved in one space.
In Brandon Graham’s “Multiple Warheads: Alphabet To Infinity #1 (Excerpt)” on page 201, there is a multitude of temporal and virtual layering. There is temporal layering where only the wheel of the car is showing and where the hand is cut off, indicating that the frames are portals or boundaries. As for virtual layering, the two frames on top of the page is considered virtual layering and then the buildings and ground on top of the mountain background can be considered layering too. Layering is important on Graham’s part and it has to be so different Barry’s case because he is telling a story through one medium and one method. He is confined to a few options of layering so he uses them effectively to put in as much as he wants into one page without making it look so clustered like Barry’s book. Unlike Barry, Graham is telling a linear story so it can’t be so abstract like Barry’s work.