Comics/Graphic Narrative Hw

My first point is one of disagreement. The essay titled “The Image Sequence; or, Moving Modernist Pictures” states that comics are easily read, creating a “lucid, easily comprehensible visual narrative”. In the Chute’s piece, however, one graphic artist by the name of Sacco refutes this claim. Sacco’s pieces often times require an extensive decoding process due to the comic’s confusing nature which makes the reader unable to glance from the text to the image with ease. The rhythm of Saccos work is purposely disruptive to the reader’s eye in order to make the reader think. My second point is one of congruence. Chute says that comics contain “double vision,” meaning that both the words and the images in a comic strip tell stories. “The Image Sequence” essay agrees, stating that a comic strip, complete with text and imagery, can read like a novel. Lastly, one question I have about “An art of Tensions” by Charles Hatfield is: What exactly is meant by the tension of sequence v. surface? 

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  1. katherinehauser

    Great points – your question seems pretty common among those who did the reading! I think H’s point here is that we’re compelled to read comics frames – generally the narrative and words push us along (this would be the sequence part), however the comics is, itself, a material object (the surface part) – so just like there’s a tension between handling images and words, there’s a tension in reading the sequence and acknowledging the materiality, the substance, the actual “thing” of the comic. Let me know if this still isn’t clear!: 3.

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