Comics Time as in how long a comic takes to produce and read, as well as noting that time is in the hands of the reader.
How can the creator control both the perception of time in the story, as well as the time it takes to read - in order to properly pace a joke, for example?
Here's what I talked about, in brief, but in roughly the same order...
- Steve Bell - Political Cartoons are usually single panels, since the story is happening elsewhere. A single panel is still read from left to right, though and is not read as a single moment in time.
- Jack Comics - Provided the example of images colliding and suggesting stories.
- Penny Arcade - An example of the standard format three panel web strip, and referenced Jimmy Carr's definition of a Joke as two stories colliding. Again, most of the story is not in the strip but in the archives and newsposts.
- Scott McCloud - Understanding Comics - is of course, essential reading.
- Calvin and Hobbes - Provided several example of the standard format four panel newspaper strip (a complete story being told in four panels.) as well as larger format illustrations of good pacing.
- Tim Stout - Provided the Calvin and Hobbes example of a three act structure ready made exactly as I'd planned already, but with a better example.
Comics in Time and Space
This section focused on the accessibility and availability of comics and why and when this would make for good documentation, dissemination and education.
- Comics with Problems - Provided the example of how to treat your Rifle like a Lady, by will Eisner.
- The Google Chrome Comic - was by Scott McCloud.
- Zine it Yourself is a local creator of zines to be found anywhere, any time.
- Art Heroes are a local company providing comics workshops.
The Axis of Empathy
The Big Triangle was invented by Scott McCloud, minimalism on the horizontal axis, abstraction on the vertical.
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- Warlock Holmes by Paul Scott an excellent photo comic, ironically illustrating my assertion that photo comics don't really work. Well, except when they're tongue in cheek, and Paul has his firmly there.
- Simon Bisley's Sláine the Horned God
- Orbital, from Cinebook
- Judge Dredd by Mick McMahon - Judge Dredd can tolerate quite a lot of abstraction.
And in the middle I had...
Subsequent slides contained examples of charicature used in horror and dark tales from...
Time and Space in Comics
There was a lot of cross over between these examples, but broadly, I showed:
Comics using the full bleed to show that the edge of the page connects to bigger things:
Comics using a grid (and colours) to suggest (and then subvert) monotony and inevitability:
Subverted to devastating effect in:
Comics using full width panels to show an indeterminate, but lengthy, timescale: