17th November, 20121st Annual Comic Conference of the University of Seville
Held in Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.
The emptiness in comics as a mirror of the reader´s lifeAbstract | This paper analyzes the sociocultural impact of special phenomena represented in my own comic strips and its possible correspondences with the reader-viewer real-life episodes.
These comic strips consist in practical exercises derived from my research about the architectural scenarios in comics as characterizing and complementary elements from the society and culture on which the characters are inserted. The goal in my comicsis to reduce to the maximum the spatiotemporal brands in the narrative and the characters identity, as it were wrappers to be fulfilled with the reader-viewer context and ego, respectively.
If the uninteresting quotidian of thecharacter is shown to the reader-viewer before the special phenomenon, on the other hand, the real consequences that the same may bring and its reasons are unknown. The omissions, together with the scenario emptiness, aim to provide to the reader/viewer the possibility to find any similarity with their own context and the situation on which are involved.
Even stimulating the creative capability to the reader-viewer, the absence of architectural representation in space can eliminates the movement that is usually shown in the vignette transition by reference points in the scenario, resulting also in the abolition of time. According to Lefèvre, “the reader expects that the diegetic space of a comic is sufficiently coherent: he expects - in analogy with daily life - a consistent space, because he tries on the basis of cues (given in the panels) to form a global image of the complete space.” To give cues to the reader-viewer, sometimes the space is created as an empty, but limitedplan, where the special phenomenon happens.
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