Invisible Emotion: Cierra Haken

Image from “Crash”

When I visited the Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) on Tuesday in class, I found examples for both the use of line, and the use of interdependent words and images in a comic. For my example of line, I examined this full-page spread found in the comic, Crash. This page depicts a car crash, and as you can imagine, a car crash would be very chaotic, giving people stress and anxiety. The artist of this comic created an image portraying the crash, just as it would make you feel. You can see the car parts and action lines flying in every way possible. These lines laying across the page with no specific order or sequence provokes anxiety to the average viewer because there is too much going on and it is stressful to look at. This anxiety is also caused by the way each line and shape in this crash scene is darkly outlined, but unique in its own way, not contributing to any order or sequence. In addition, the way in which the artist draws car parts and action lines outside of the borders of the panel goes to prove that the chaotic mess of this crash can’t be contained by the border.

Image from “Crazy Men Deluxe” Comic by Michael Roden in 1985.

For an example of interdependent words and images in a comic, I chose to look at this full-page spread found in Crazy Men Deluxe, which is an underground comic from the 1980s. This comic book has much of a different artistic style depicting men who look very different to Human beings. This leaves its audience unable to connect with the characters as easily, as well not be able to recognize a lot of what is going in. I chose to look at this page for an interdependent relationship between words and images because the only words on the page says, “Road Race Today,” which gives the reader insight to the context of the story, which is needed because of the possible confusion from the unique artistic style. While there are cars in the right page, it would still take a lot of audience participation to understand that there was actually a road race taking place without seeing the sign. On another note, if this was a mainstream comic and the characters were more identifiable to the viewer, we would more than likely already have the context of the story, which would cause the image and word relationship to be image-specific because the words do little to add to the story which is mostly told visually.

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