Invisible Emotion: Libby Fletcher

This is a comic spread from “ZAP13” that I chose as an example of the use of line to display emotion.

When we went to MASC this week, I was initially overwhelmed by how many different examples we were able to choose from, however, once I started looking around I was instantly drawn to this ZAP comic book.  I think this comic uses line in great detail to display emotion.  The spread is showing a banana and I believe a potato, smoking together. The panel that sticks out to me is on the second page in the middle.  The artist uses line to depict chaos or some sort of tension within the entire spread.  As the comic continues, the lines only get messier, which acts as a way for the reader to see that the characters are losing control.  By using line to create the stars and miscellaneous shapes behind the characters, the more cluttered they become, the more cluttered the characters’ minds become.

“The St. Kahuna Surfing Mysteries?” comic spread from ZAP13

I chose this spread as my example of an interdependent word/picture combo.  I would consider this comic to be interdependent because, without the words, there would be no way for the reader to comprehend the narrative that this comic is attempting to display.  At first glance, even just skimming over the comic as a whole (pictures and words included), this comic was a tough one for me to find meaning in.  I didn’t pay attention to the overarching title that spans across both pages, which was clearly meant to be read first, judging by the text size.  However, when I was first looking at this spread, it had so many different images that I was just overwhelmed.  I tried to take everything in at once, which left me thoroughly confused.  That being said, once I slowed down and read the text fully, I was able to understand that this comic was telling the narratives about one island’s surfing mysteries.  Honestly, without the text and without the images this comic would simply just not work which is why I would consider it to be a good example of an interdependent word/picture combination.

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