Tintin Essay

473 WordsNov 7, 20112 Pages
Travis Bell In Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, author Scott McCloud examines several key points on the concept of time moving through comics.'Where to place a panel' or 'whether to use text or not' are all thoughts and ideas that artists go through when planning the layout of a comic spread. While these are all important things to consider, just as important to the story is the flow of time. McCloud's description on the use of word bubbles, motion blurring, and even the size or shape of the panels on a page, gives a detailed understanding on how the idea of progression of time is achieved in comics. These techniques are all show cased in the comic TinTin in Tibet by Hergé. The story of TinTin In Tibet, is set in 1958, where TinTin, the protagonist, travels to Tibet in order to save the life of one of his friends, who is lost in the mountains after a plane crash. The plot develops across several countries in the course of several weeks during the main character’s journey. Hergé employed several of the concepts that McCloud's analyzed in his book on the notion of time in comics. The first confirmation of McCloud's theory is the illustration that uses motion blurring on page 8, second tier, panel two. The scene shows a guard standing with his arms wide open, Snowy, the dog barking, and the tail of an oxis sticking off the side of the panel. The picture left on its own accord with no further action involved gives the drawing a denoted message, that what you see is all that is happening. It's the inclusion of motion lines that give the image a connoted message. The reader is left wondering: Where is the ox going? Will it stop? And, what is going to happen to Captain Haddock? Hergé also achieves the passage of time with the use of panel-to-panel closure and panel size. This technique is prevalent throughout the book on page 11. This page has eleven

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