Presentation on theme: "How to read a Comic Book…. Comic terms…. Panels: Images are usually laid out within borders, known as panels. The layout of the panels can be in a grid,"— Presentation transcript:
Comic terms…. Panels: Images are usually laid out within borders, known as panels. The layout of the panels can be in a grid, MAUS being notable for utilizing an eight panel grid, of four rows and two columns. Occasionally an artist will use larger panels that break the format of the grid to emphasize specific acts or points in the narrative
Panel frames Panel frames: The border or edges of a panel, when drawn, are termed frames. These are normally of rectangular shape, but this shape can be altered to convey information to the reader. –Cloud shaped panels can indicate a flashback or dream sequence, while one with jagged edge can be used to convey anger or shock
A panel with out a frame is used to convey space. The frame itself can be formed by the image, for example, a scene can be framed by a door frame or by binoculars.
A Bleed… A full bleed is usually used on a comic book cover, and is when the art is allowed to run to the edge of each page, rather than having a white border around it. Bleeds are sometimes used on internal panels to create the illusion of space or emphasize action
Splash page.. A splash page, sometimes referred to simply as a splash, is full page drawing in a comic book. A splash page is often used as the first page of a story, and includes the title and the credits.
Interior splash Splashes that are not the first page of a story are sometimes called interior splash pages. Interior splashes may or may not include titles and/or credits. A panel that is larger than others on the page is called a splash panel. A splash that appears across two pages of a comic book is called a two-page splash
Motion lines/Speed lines Motion lines, also known as speed lines are lines that are used to represent motion.
Gutter The gutter is the space between borders. Action in comics happens in the gutters between panels. The reader, therefore, creates the action in this “white space.” Think of a gutter as the readers’ part of the page to fill with his own imagination.
Emanata Emanata: A visual metaphor used as a shortcut in comics; examples being the light bulb above a character’s head to indicate an idea.
Emanata cont… The indication of sleep by a saw cutting a log or a line of “zzzzz,” and the use of dotted lines to indicate a line of sight, with daggers being used instead of dotted lines to indicate an evil look.