Closure and Time Frames: Peter Dowell

Patrick McDonnell, Call of the Wild: A MUTTS Comic Strip Treasury, page 45

Patrick McDonnell, Call of the Wild: A MUTTS Comic Strip Treasury, page 45

The comic book that I chose to look through was Patrick McDonnell’s, Call of the Wild: A MUTTS Comic Strip Treasury. I chose to read this because the art style looked interesting to me and I think the characters look fun as well. I think it’s comic strips that are all put together in one book. When I was skimming through it there was a particular strip that I thought showed closure very well. On page 45, it shows the cat sitting there, when suddenly all of his fur comes off with the words KA-POOF and then shows all of his fur off  in the next panel. I think this represents action-to-action because at one moment the fur is there and the next it is exploding and then in the end it is everywhere and still falling. Even though the character did not move, the fur was the part that had action going on with it and normally with action-to-action it is the character that is doing the action, but in this scene it is the fur that is doing the action.

Patrick McDonnell, Call of the Wild: A MUTTS Comic Strip Treasury, page 79

Patrick McDonnell, Call of the Wild: A MUTTS Comic Strip Treasury, page 79

The next thing that I wanted to talk about was how the author portrayed time in this next strip. In the strip it shows the cat laying down on the ground and it looks like it could just be a single image of the cat laying down. There are multiple different things that are happening in the image such as the sound of the tail wagging, then the cat is telling it to stop because he is trying to sleep. I think this is a good portrayal of time in a comic because it separates out the time by putting gutters in between the events that are happening even though if you were to look at the strip you could see it as something happening all at once rather than, tail wagging then cat telling it to stop because he is trying to shleep. You know from looking at the image that first the tail starts wagging and you can hear it because of FWIP FWIP FWIP and then the character hears it too, but he is trying to sleep so he is telling it to stop and it happens in that order.

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