Closure and time frames : Mitchell Delmage

I read Good-bye Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson. An example of closure I found was when a character pulled a lamp off the shelf and the cord popped out of the socket. The comic sequence is action to action but also subject to subject. It is action to action because the first frame shows a character holding the lamp and pulling on the cord that is plugged into the wall. The next scene shows the cord popping out of the socket. This is action to action because it shows the motion of the cord going from being into the wall to being popped out. This is also subject to subject because the first frame shows a medium shot of a character’s arm, the lamp and the plug. The next scene is now a close-up of the plug popping out of the socket. 

The next example demonstrates the practice of using time frames. The page starts out with a fairly big frame of a close-up, the frame is made big to show the emphasis that the picture showing the two friends is important. The next frame is zoomed out to show that the character is sitting by himself. The sequence of frames that follow convey the feeling that the character has been waiting forever. There is a sequence of four panels all showing the same scene with the character being the only thing that changes. This is done to show that time is passing. The frame also is from outside the window to show that the reader is really far away from the character to give a lonely or sad feeling. The final frame on the page is by far the biggest frame on the page. The frame is so big because it is such an important part of the story. The frame takes up half the page and says that one of the characters has died. The author made the panel so big to put emphasis on the importance and to show that sadness of it.

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