Comics: Melody Huerta

According to Scott McCloud the definition of “juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence” (9). Following this definition I believe the comic that I created falls under that definition. What I tried to do was create images that could show movement frame to frame using dialogue to fill in the blanks with context. The example I provide is one of my favorite sequences because I think it shows what I was trying to do through out the comic perfectly. The deliberate sequence portion of the definition is definitely apparent in these three frames.

Comic By Melody Huerta

Sort of establishing where they are and then slowly zooming in and showing the movement between each frame, my hope was that this was something people could follow along with without having to say much. Another important part of project was the power of lines that McCloud speaks to, the way they are able to shape and structure but also create movement. Understanding lines was implemental to getting the look of my comic down. I first had to create all the line to get the structure that I wanted and then eventually I decided that the look of the comic was better suited without the outline of the objects. Another concept from McCoulds book is the idea of universal experiences, not that my comic specifically is a universal experience but that the facelessness of my characters could translate to anyone who reads it. For me the facial features were not as important as the interaction between people.

Comic By Melody Huerta

So I decided that keeping the faces blank and instead trying to show emotion through the actions of people and also using icons or universal imagery to show what they are feeling. For example in my comic I use tears instead of showing someone actually crying and also I use a word cloud above their head to show that they are overwhelmed about their moms passing. For my own comic I feel like color was really important to me, a lot of the example comics we read prior to starting to create our own projects color was something I definitely wanted to incorporate. My process included trying to learn the Illustrator software while trying to incorporate my own flair. In the end I came up with a end product that I feel would be best suited in a print format. But I do however see the benefit in being able to access comics online. For mine I felt that print was best because the feel and the color of the paper is something I wanted to incorporate into the feeling of my comic. Being able to follow along while looking down or over the comic is an experience that is best suited for a printing format. Overall I was most excited to have my work be moved from the screen that I was working on it for and see it be “complete” in print. It is definitely a different experience because in this case my work was not officially complete until i had it printed. Then it was more of an moment to have it handed to me and be able to have a tangible object showing the work I had done.

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