Class Exercise 2 – Panel-to-Panel transitions

For today’s lecture, we were asked to examine Scott McCloud’s 6 categories of panel-to-panel transitions.

According to McCloud, there are 6 categories in panel-to-panel transitions. They are in increasing necessity for closure by the audience:
1. Moment-to-Moment
2. Action-to-Action (single subject in distinct action-to-action progressions)
3. Subject-to-Subject (stays within a scene or ideal reader involvement necessary to render these transitions meaningful)
4. Scene-to-Scene (transports us across significant distances of time and space)
5. Aspect-to-Aspect (bypasses time for the most part and sets a wandering eye on different aspects of a place, idea or mood)
6. Non-Sequitur (no logical relationship between panels whatsoever)


For in-class exercise, we were to recreate 3 five-frame comic strips based on the following comic:.


Here are the comic strips created by our group:

Yoke Ling_Paul_Dennis_Ross


Interesting facts I found out from the chapter:
– Categories 2-4 are the most frequently used transitions in American comics because they explain events efficiently.
– Action-to-action, in particular, is the most used transition.
– Aspect-to-aspect transitions play an important role in Japanese mainstream comics
– Western culture readers are trained to read each page from left to right, top to bottom. However, the opposite reading sequence is employed in Japanese manga.


I didn’t know there were so many techniques involved in creating comics! I’ll guess I’ll never read comics the same way from now on…


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