Wednesday, August 26, 2009
What is the relationship between film and comics?
Scott McCloud's 1993 book Understanding Comics explains comics as "sequential art." Taken individually, images convey one idea. However, in a sequence, they convey a transition between the two. New ideas are filled in between the spaces when the two (or more) images are related.
But what about film and animation? Technically they are individual images related to one another. In the case of animation, they are drawings just like comics. When played sequentially, they flow together and communicate meaning.
The difference, McCloud argues, is that in film the images are displayed one at a time on the same space. Comics are juxtaposed, or images set one next to each other. Film is juxtaposed in time only, whereas comics are juxtaposed in space. They both tell a story via sequence, but in different ways.