Closure and Time Frames: Ethan Miller

Image from Maus by Art Spiegelman

For my book, I choose to read Maus, I like books based on true stories so this seemed like a good fit. For my example of closure, I found a moment to moment style. In this scene, it zooms in closer to the character to emphasize their emotions. It’s very subtle and not a huge change in each panel, but it is enough to make the point that the author wanted to. The way Scott McCloud describes this type of closure is with very little change, which these panels are representing here as well. As the panels zoom in closer with every frame we as the audience can see more and more details, adding to the effect. Sweat pouring down her face, shadows, more detailed eyes. As the detail is increased, so is the impact of the moment.

Maus by Art Spiegelman

I found this example of what I think fits time frames pretty well. The reader has a couple of options on where to move their eyes through this page. Since the photograph on the table is enlarged to show detail, the reader could look at that first and then see that’s a character whose looking at it or they could follow the character and then notice they’re looking at a picture, and then move to the right to see the enlarged version. This isn’t a crazy example where the reader could go any which way, but I think it still fits the definition because there’s still a little bit of interpretation left up to the audience. The tilting of the enlarged photograph help the audience trace it down into the next panel. I think it provides some great direction for the reader so they know which was to go next. The reader has to move downwards and to the left, not only does it provide direction but it also helps the photo stand out greatly, making the reader realize they have to move their eyes to notice this thing first.

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