Northwest Alternative Comics: Sabrina Hoenes

Sorry Sheets, Eroyn Franklin

The alternative comic that I looked at during our time at the Collection Study Center is the mini comic called Sorry Sheets by Eroyn Franklin. For elements and design, Franklin uses repetition and different forms of lines. The lines that are used are mostly used for shape and texture. The shapes that can be seen are the shape of the main figure seen throughout the comic and of the figures hands. Lines are also used to create hair for the figure as well as the texture for the rug. The lines that are used for the hair vary in length and direction. Franklin also uses a form of implied lines for the rippling water effect. There is also a great contrast between the clean water, represented by the white color, and the water that gets mixed with blood, the black color. The contrast creates a pattern within the rippling water as well, which is a form of repetition.

Sorry Sheets, Eroyn Franklin

The most interesting aspect in the comic however is the use of a different form of repetition; repetition of scenes. Even though it is different from the principle of repetition discussed by John Lovett, I do want to mention his words of “When the variation is missing, repetition becomes monotonous.” When I realized that the scene was being repeated and that the panels were the exact same, it made me want to go back and reread the mini comic again to get a better understanding of what was happening. After many rereads I still haven’t quite grasped exactly what message or experience Franklin was trying to convey, which in my opinion makes for a great example of asking for active participation from the readers. When it comes to closures for this mini comic. There were a lot of uses of action to action and subject to subject. which an example can be seen on the right page.

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