Northwest Alternative Comics: Korie Cedre

When visiting the WSU Art Museum Collection of the Northwest Alternative Comics collection, one artist stood out to me as I read one of her printed works. However, for this post, I will be focusing on the printed work by her, “Making Tide and other stories” by Eroyn Franklin. In this work, it seems to be a comic made of pen and ink, scanned perhaps, and turned into a printed piece. “Making Tide,” follows a girl throughout her travel in a country that is near a beach of some sorts, suggested by the title. The main story seems to be how her and her friends approach bodies in a cave while on an activity. With this, some elements and principles of design I noticed in this work is the lines/shape as the work seems to be done entirely in pen. This makes the texture of the work appear smooth, or more soft hard, much like a pen does to paper due to the heaviness ink can have. Franklin also avoids color as the entirety of the comic is in black and white, once again due to her chosen tool. In terms of principles, I recognize dominance, and contrast. This can especially be seen in the example provide below. The girl and those with her are admiring all of the birds flying in a group around them. This is until the birds land on a wire for electricity and a lot of them get shocked, unfortunately dying. As you can see on the left hand of the pages below, the background where the frames how the persons are lighter and remain a simple background shaded in. However, upon the birds dying, the people are shown in three frames in which the background is darker. This affects my interpretation of the comic as this simple decision enhances the thoughts and emotions shared between these two people, such as disbelief, and severity of what happened. The background on the right hand differs by not only being darker, but shows a bit of a pattern with squares, being dominance. It is also contrasts in light or dark between the frames on the left and the right, a decision made so readers can read the situation without a linguistic tool. In terms of closure, I noticed subject-to-subject in this same example as readers can see birds become shocked and die by the electric cords running through the city. A few frames after, a linguistic tool says that the electricity is out everywhere, in which since the two situations are related in terms of subject, it becomes an example of closure through subject-to-subject. This is for readers are able to connect the two situations and state that the birds are the cause for the electricity to be out everywhere.

Pages from Eroyn Franklin’s, “Making Tide and Other Stories,” a comic from the Northwestern Alternative Comics collection (Eroyn Franklin, Making Tides and Other Stories, 2014).


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