Closure and Time Frames: Alexandria Bachmann

The graphic novel I chose was Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff. I predominately chose this novel because of the graphic style, story, and the feeling of the paper(as I can’t stand old rough paper…gives me awful goosebumps…like nails on a chalkboard but with paper instead).

“Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling” Graphic Novel by Tony Cliff. ISBN 978-1-6267-155-5 Published by First Second in 2016. Page 134-135

Closure can take many forms, some complex and some simple. It is the process where the medium and an audience come together and the audience becomes a willing and conscious collaborator with the medium. Closure is the agent of change, time, and motion. Closure allows the audience to connect moments and mentally construct a continuous unified reality even though the visuals aren’t an exact reality and allows for the participation of a person’s imagination within the creation/medium.

I chose the transition action to action or a single subject as shown in distinct progressions. The first panel depicts a woman running down a hallway, only to kick out a window, jump, and then land. Each section shows a different part of the action but your brain fills in the missing motions and actions. You don’t see the motion of the woman actually falling just her initial leap and her landing. Your brain fills in the rest due to its ability to logically fill in the blank of what actions have occurred based on experiences.

“Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling” Graphic Novel by Tony Cliff. ISBN 978-1-6267-155-5 Published by First Second in 2016. Page 156-157

The graphic novel I chose did not have very many examples of nonlinear or obvious chronology/continuity. One of the less rigidly formed pages was page 157 where a background Image is used to tie together the entire panel and is not contained by a border and seems to suggest that these actions happen in rapid succession or at the same time. The way I think it is to be interpreted and read would be by starting in the first box on the left-hand side only to move down words and follow the movement of the rock that is thrown finish the two smaller boxes on the right and then follow a more chronological path the rest of the page. While it is not an extreme example of the manipulation of time and continuity and doesn’t require a reader to intensely interpret or participate in its organization it was one of the few examples from the graphic novel I chose that showed a more atypical organization.

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