After discussing the layout of a page and the emphasis that is placed on layout. I noticed that when we were looking at the division of space and how the images were presented in comics many of the comics that were focused on had very little physical action scenes. The division of the page changes when representing physical action. In some super hero comics the action is shown in basic square block forms. Action is shown between the frames as cause and effect. When a punch is being thrown the reader sees the inception, the moment of impact and perhaps the after effect of the blow, this dilation of time across several panels relates the action to the audience in a forward and succinct manner.
The layout of the sequence is concise and orderly. The two images above are taken from an The Avengers.
The layout of action is manga in noticeably different in manga. Although this course touches very little on manga, the images found are filled with different constructions and layouts of space. Here an example from Fairy Tail:
This page is actually a two page spread that knit together for online viewing and is wider then a standard page. The largest segment is on the right as this manga is read right to left. But the subsequent images are divided on an angle. In addition the remaining frames are shots of more then the two characters that are battling but also contain spectator reactions and after effect. This allows for the progression of time to be slowed and more can be viewed by the reader. The diagonal cutting of action could be seen as a convention of action and fight scenes in manga as it happens through many different series. Examples:
(Warning some images contain gore. From left to right: Shingeki no Kyojin and Vinland Saga)
The scenes of action are cut on a diagonal. This can be seen as way of showing how fast the action between frames is moving or to differentiate fight scenes from regular plot driven scenes. Manga makes use of insets as well to take the reader closer to the details of the battle or may show the result of action or shows intense close-ups of physical movement in a separate frame. Physical action and battle in particular dictate a change in time which influences how the page can be structured. What creates the most gripping aesthetic to draw in a reader? What sort of set up creates tension and danger? The layout of the page changes how compelling the scene is, and thus the readers emotional investment.
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