Closure and Time Frames: Anna Davenport

The graphic novel that I am choosing to write about is A Wrinkle in Time. The reason that I chose this because I really enjoyed the way that the characters were drawn and I enjoyed watching the movie about this story.

Screenshot from A Wrinkle in Time by Hope Larson 2012

One example of closure in the graphic novel is when the author has the house, wind, and moon up close and then after it goes to the panel with the word rattle, we can finally see that it is the girl in the bed scared in the house. The reason that I think that this is an example of closure is that McCloud defines closure as a “phenomenon of observing the parts but perceiving the whole” (p. 63). Before we see the girl we are no sure why there are such dark and scary pannels and then we can see more of the whole picture of the girl in bed. I think that it is also important for closure when there is more text to explain how you perceive the whole. I believe that this example is a scene to scene type of sequence because the amount of time in each panel jumps between short wording and illustrations and two that feel like you need to spend more time on them.

Screenshot from A Wrinkle in Time by Hope Larson 2012

An example of time frames in this novel so far is when the main character has a flashback. In McCloud’s book Understanding comics, he explains that there is past present and future in comics and the way that the panel is shown and drawn and placed helps the reader understand this. In this novel, A Wrinkle in Time, the author shows that the character is flashing back by making a more cloudy drawing that has more muted dark colors.

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