Closure and Time Frames: Ruby Pitts-Cranston

I decided to look at Book One of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. I chose this because Watterson uses a lot of different imagery throughout the comic to represent what’s happening in Calvins life. I also find Calvin and Hobbes entertaining, and like the style that Watterson uses. Flipping through the book I also noticed plenty of examples of different time frames and closure, so I felt it would work well.

“Calvin and Hobbes” by Watterson

The example I found for closure is a panel where Calvin gets sent to his room for complaining about dinner, so him and Hobbes order pizza.  I chose this panel for closure because its a good example of scene to scene. The first scene takes place at the dinner table, with Calvin and his parents arguing, and then it cuts to the second scene which shoes Calvin on the phone with the pizza place. Even though we don’t see what happens in between, we can fill in the gaps and assume that after being sent from the table, instead of going to his room Calvin goes straight to the phone.

“Calvin and Hobbes” by Watterson

For time frames I chose this panel which portrays Calvin daydreaming that he’s fighting aliens while he’s in class. It portrays two overlapping stories, one that’s in Calvins head where he’s about to attack an alien ship, and the other where he is in class about to hit a classmate over the head with a book. Watterson uses this type of time frame a lot throughout the comic, where it will show how Calvins imagination meshes with reality.

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