Invisible Emotion: Mareenah Galang

After visiting the Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC), I found many fascinating comics and texts that really stood out to me. There were several examples of the use of lines, as well as photo/word combinations. 

Illustration from A Pisgah-sight of Palestine by Thomas Fuller

In Chapter 5 of Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud explains how the use of line quality can convey certain emotions or meaning. In a Pisgah-sight of Palestine, by Thomas Fuller, the illustrations are made up of tiny lines to create detail and evoke emotion. If one looks closely, every little detail is actually made up of multiple little lines/hash marks in order to create an effect (mimicking a shadow, creating texture in clothing). In one of the illustrations, there are multiple swirled lines joined together to mimic a fire. Due to the curves of the lines, it gives off the feeling of movement. In the illustration above the fire, there seems to be a cloud of dust or smoke. It has similar swirled lines as the fire, and one can feel the stressful movement of the smoke. 

Illustration in Raw by Art Spiegelman

In Chapter 6 of Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud explains how both words and pictures can do so much to tell a story, especially when they are interdependent. When a combination of words and pictures are interdependent, they convey a certain meaning that neither one could convey just on their own. In Raw, a magazine by Art Spiegelman, there is an image of two vehicles driving on a street. The vehicles look like they are heading towards each other. In addition, there is text above the cars that imply a loud sound, as if the cars were breaking. With both of these examples combined, one can infer that the vehicles cannot stop in time and are about the crash into each other. Without the text, it just looks like the cars are driving normally on the street.

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