So I’m learning all about relationships in comics… like the relationship between one image to another, one frame to the next, and text to image. I’ve kept a comics diary over the past week. One page a day. Just quick unpolished drawings, each one to demonstrate one type of relationship. If you are interested in making comics, you will find these definitions helpful. Everyone else… just enjoy the comics. Definitions are from the Kadenze.com class.
Page one: Action to Action – This relationship is represented when a small amount of time is paired with a large action between panels.
Page two: Interdependent – When the text and image combine to convey an idea that neither would convey alone. (I found myself doing this, fondly recalling my mom hanging over the coffee pot each morning as if sheer will would make it percolate faster.)
Page three: Parallel – When the text and image don’t seem to relate in any meaningful way.
Page four: Subject to Subject – This relationship is found anytime the “camera” shifts from one subject to another within the same scene.
Page five: Aspect to Aspect – These relationships are often found in manga and are present when no time at all passes between panels and the reader is shown quick shots or aspects of the setting or a scene. (This one is my favorite! )
These five relationships are only part of the fourteen presented in the class. This has turned out to be a fun way to learn more about comic craft. Interested? Go to Kadenze.com. If you don’t want graded, you can audit the classes for free! If you want a grade, it’s only $10/month. College credits may be earned for more $.