Closure and Time Frames: Bobby Brown

The graphic novel I chose to check out from the WSU libraries is Trees, by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard. I chose this novel because of the quick synopsis that was on the back. It talks about how something had invaded planet earth, and considering I like most things sci-fi, I figured it was a safe bet. I was also able to find two relatively solid examples of both closure and time framing in my novel.

Page 56 from Trees, by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard.

My first example page I photographed from my novel is a strong example of closure. I was able to narrow it down to two different types of closure, those being moment-to-moment, and subject-to-subject. I feel it better fits the description of subject-to-subject since the action that’s happening on the page is basically all happening at one moment, yet it’s split up among 5 different frames. I felt it could also fall under moment-to-moment since it’s being read left to right, but I feel it better fits subject-to-subject. I’m still trying  to get a better understanding of the different types of closure and how to identify them in my graphic novel, but I’m definitely learning how to identify and apply them.


Page 4 from Trees, by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard.

My second example page I photographed from my novel is an example of time framing, specifically one that requires serious viewer participation or interpretation. While this may not directly fit the examples shown on pages 105-106 in Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, after skimming through my entire novel this is the closest example I could find. I chose it simply because of the amount of action that was happening within such a short amount of time, and it’s basically right at the beginning of the book. I took some time to look intently at the frames on this page to fully take in the all the action that was taking place, and there’s a lot running and explosions happening; I would also assume the metal dog-like things are what invaded earth. Overall there’s a lot to take in with this graphic novel and I assume that I will enjoy reading it and learning to apply what I’m learning in Scott McCloud’s book to this one.

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