With comparison to the book ‘Understanding Comics’ by Scott McCloud, my comic is definitely a high juxtaposition of pictures and other images in a deliberate sequence. My sequence is that of a usual comic, from top to bottom, left to right. But for this assignment, I really wanted to play with a lot of things Scott McCloud mentioned such as the gestalt theory and the power of lines and the emotions it could convey. My comic is black and white for that very reason because I wanted to see how well it still conveys emotions, without the use of color. As far as gestalt theory is concerned, I did not add eyes or mouth or other significant details into my characters.This shows how just the human figure can convey meaning. Also for other detailed differences, I added the bow to the top of the head, making the girl character stand out from the boy character. Another major thing that I wanted to incorporate into my comics were the aspect of time and how it could be portrayed without words. I used images of leaves for fall, snowflake for winter, flowers for spring, and the sun for summer. This shows that the seasons have changed and time has flown by.
The ideal reading environment for this comic could be both print or digital because of how this is more of a single page comic rather than multiple page comics. My inspiration for this single page comic was definitely the Peanut comics that would appear on newspapers. I wanted to create something similar that people
could view over phone, tablet, iPad, laptop, or any other medium that they wish to without having to change the whole layout. One thing I feel like I could’ve improved with is maybe adding more slides to show the activities they did while their time at WSU. To show the concept of time, I had to not include those but maybe including those details could have given the comic a different twist.