Closure and Time Frames: Jasper Contreras

from Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. 2015, pg. 84

The graphic novel I picked is Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. I’ve actually owned it for a long time, but I’ve never gotten around to reading it. What I find interesting about this is it’s art style, it’s a bit different than most other graphic novels and comics I’ve read, I’d say the style is a bit more simple and more about vibrant colors than others I’ve read. There’s a fantasy element to the story that I really like and appreciate as well. 

from Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. 2015, pg. 172

The first page I picked for closure was this scene where two of the characters appear to be playing a board game and then suddenly one of the characters is spewing fire on the game board. I had a little trouble identifying what kind of closure this was at first, just because I thought it was more than just moment-to-moment. But looking at the page and the scene more, I think that that’s the kind of closure this scene has. This scene doesn’t exactly require a much closure because it’s all within the same moment really, maybe only a few minutes pass but even from moment to moment, the reader doesn’t really have to interpret anything to know what’s happening.

As I was just skimming and looking over the content of the book, it was hard for me to find something that seemed like it was showing time. I picked this part because, while it does require some more interpretation from the reader, all of these panels are moments through the course of someone unknown amount of time. From the third panel at least, it seems like it could be over the course of hours if we’re thinking about it rationally and realistically when some sort of science is involved. At least, that was how I saw this page, it was the one of the more obvious forms of time I could find when skimming. 

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