Understanding Comics Chapters 1 & 2

CHAPTER 1

-Comics refers to the medium itselfThis meaning that it does not refer to a specific object.

-Comic artist Will Eisner uses sequential art. This means, when an image is alone, it’s merely just an image. However, if it’s part of a sequence, the image is transformed into more.

-The medium known as “comics” hold numerous ideas and images depending on important variables such as the writers, the artists, the subject manner, etc.

-Difference between comics and animation: Animation is sequential in time but not spatially juxtaposed(side-by-side) as comics are. Each frame of an animated film or short is projected on the same space–A screen. Each frame of comics project on a different space.

*Space does for comics what time does for film.

*Comics defined: n. plural in form, used with a singular verb. 1. Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or to produce an aesthetic response in the viewer.

-Comics can trace back to hundreds of years ago. For example, in 1066, France produced a 230 foot long tapestry which details the Norman Conquest of England. Although it may not directly fit the definition above, it is a comic in a way.

-Egyptian hieroglyphics fits the definition of comics, as it is visual images in deliberate sequential order. The only difference being that it is read in a “Zig-Zag” formation.

-The invention of printing allowed comics to be enjoyed by everybody and not just the wealthy.

-The father of modern comic: Rodolphe Töpffer.

-Töpffer’s satiric stories in the mid-1800s  employed cartooning and panel borders, and is known as the first interdependent combination of words and pictures in Europe.

-Single panels could, on occasion, be labeled as a comic depending on its visuals and words.

Chapter 2

-The images we call symbols are one category of icon

-Words are just abstract icons

-The more abstract an image is, the further away from realism it is

-Cartooning: Amplification through simplification; When cartooning, we’re focusing more on specific details. To do this, we strip an image to its essential “meaning,” amplifying it in a way that realistic art cannot.

*Cartooning isn’t just a way of drawing, it’s a way of seeing.

*We don’t observe the cartoon, we become it.

-Backgrounds of comics tend to be more realistic than the characters. This combination allows us to mask ourselves in a new character and enter a new, stimulating world.

-Pictures: Received information ; Writing: Perceived information.

-The picture plane consists of 3 vertices- reality, language, and the picture plane.

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About schinnery1996

My name is Shanelle Chinnery and I study Digital Media and Animation at Alfred State College. It’s my third year and the last time this bio was updated was on my very first day of college. I had ended off my previous bio with my desire to grow throughout my years here in Alfred State and with my senior year on the horizon, I’m glad to say I’ve definitely grown since that day. With the variety of classes and mediums I’ve experienced during these three years, I’ve learned what grasps my attention and what strays it away. I came into college with an unclear direction of what I wanted to do in my field and to be quite honest, I’m still not sure what direction I’m going in, but I have a better idea. I enjoy the storytelling aspect of animation, but then again I also enjoy animating in 3D and would love to explore the possibility of voice acting. While I’m uncertain about the exact route of my future, I still take great pride in the how much I’ve changed, art wise. I’ve gained knowledge and experience in endless number of programs I never thought I’d be able to work around, I’ve grown accustomed to digital art rather than traditional pencil to paper art, and most importantly, I’m just a better artist in general. I could say that is my favorite achievement and I can’t wait to see what my future holds in this field.
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