Hierarchy: Jon Williams

Hierarchy is importance of a group in a body of text. It can, however, also be visual importance, how certain objects are focused on or how they’re framed. When it comes to story telling, this is important to remember due to the subtle ways someone can tell a story using hierarchy. What one chooses to focus on visually, bringing it more in focus or making it more prominent can speak volumes in storytelling.

Take for example this scene from Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds. You get the sense that what this girl is doing, however mundane it seems, is important because of how each frame lingers on each action. We learn later in the book, about two pages forward, that this is a ritual this character does to appease the “house spirit” that lives in the restaurant. This kind of subtle story telling is something I enjoy and like to see in any visual medium.

When I begin crafting my poster comic, while I may not use frames I will most definitely be using subtlety in my poster comic. While I have not entirely nailed down what subject or story I wish to tell quite yet, it’s between talking about how I was raised, or how difficult it is to get out of bed sometimes. Preferably, I’d like to do the former as the latter is depressing (unintended pun, since it would be about depression) but it really depends on the days I begin to work on this project which I will end up doing.


Page 64, Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley, colors by Nathan Fairbairn.

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