Presentation on theme: "An Important Part of Comic Book Storytelling"— Presentation transcript:
1An Important Part of Comic Book Storytelling PanelsAn Important Part of Comic Book Storytelling
2What Good Are Panels?PANELS are how comics divide up the action on each pageThey are a relatively new part of sequential art storytelling – remember how the Bayeux Tapestry and the Egyptian tomb paintings were just one long image?Panels are often used just like shots in a movie, and are most often used to subtly direct how the reader experiences the story
6Moment-to-Moment Transitions When we say that a panel transition moves from “moment-to-moment”, we mean that it shows the passage of very small amounts of timeThese transitions involve the same subject(s), little action, and no movement from place to placeThese are rare in Western graphic novels, but are more common in Japanese ones
9Action-to-Action Transitions This one is easy: when we say the transition is “action-to-action”, we mean that something or somebody is doing something different in the second panel than in the firstUsually, the action is very obvious, and follows directly from the previous panel (like in the baseball example above)This is one of the most common types of panel transitions, especially in superhero graphic novels
12Subject-to-Subject Transitions This transition is simply when one panel focuses on one character or object, and the next one focuses on a different character or object (within the same scene/location)These aren’t hard to follow, but they require a bit more involvement by the reader – they need to understand how the new person or object fits into the context of the scene in order to make sense of the transition
15Scene-to-Scene Transitions This transition moves between two entirely different locationsUsually, the writer/artist will simply start a new scene on a new pageEven more reader involvement is required to make sense of these, and the connection between the two may not be immediately obvious
17Find good examples of 2 types of transitions in your graphic novel: Moment to Moment: Same subject(s), same place, little to no movementAction to Action: Same subject, different actionSubject to Subject: One panel’s focus is on a different character or object than the otherScene to Scene: One panel is in a completely place (in the story) than the otherNow, share your choices with your group. Once you finish, choose (as a group) an example that you find particularly interesting. The person who found it will then share with the class.