Monthly Archives: May 2018

Panels: shape, context, and content

square panel

Does the shape of a panel carry inherent meaning? A square panel seems to imply stability. Its four equal sides create a sense equilibrium. Rectangular panels imply movement, horizontal for wide panels, vertical for tall panels. From fine art we also learn that these shapes can infer content. Wide frames are for landscapes, tall are for portraits. Circular panels create …

Hannah Miodrag Comics and Language

Comics and Language: Reimagining Critical Discourse on the Form by Hannah Miodrag

The subtitle of this book is more accurate than it’s main title; Miodrag examines what she sees as common assumptions and mistakes that comics critics make. She points to lack of precision, sloppy reasoning, and confirmation bias. While at times the arguments are a bit belabored and redundant, her book is a needed amendment to the patterns of a lot …