Technological Singularity

This is the page I picked. It probably has to do with the fact that I was watching an episode of Dr. Who with Cybermen in it, which seems very related to the Technological Singularity:

Though I love the concepts presented in this page, there really isn’t anything too extraordinary to analyze…it’s a pretty straight-forward page–it reads from left-to-right the entire time. But there are three parts that interest me:

1. The second row changes color to symbolize and extrapolative point. Kim is hypothesizing on the technological singularity, and the second row uses darker colors to show that it’s not taking place in the current scene. The text bubbles also turn into text boxes, making the dialogue (more like a monologue in this case) more callous and cold–more scientific. This works because that’s exactly what it is: a scientific explanation.

2. The middle of the fourth row also changes to a darker color to symbolize a segment removed from the current context. The background of the frame is black, a stark contrast from the blue in the other frames.

3. The final stand-out point of this page is the last row, where the two time-travelers are being held up. The box they’re in is removed from the landscape of the frame (again, a different background) and also has the heads of all three characters not in the box.

All three of these little tweaks keep the reader in the context of the scene (a conversation in a field with/about the robot), but allow for more depth and an extension of the story.

– Joe DeMarini

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~ by theamnesiac1 on March 22, 2011.

One Response to “Technological Singularity”

  1. I found it interesting to highlight the point of the final frame being very wide and taking up the whole length of the comic. I never really “noticed” this, in the way that it might stand out, but thinking back, many comics I have read do this. Often, it’s almost as if the comic does not have a single “punch-line,” but rather a series of ideas that form the joke when placed together in a single frame. Imagine every speech bubble in the final frame was part of a separate frame; it doesn’t leave the reader with the same resolution as it does with the large frame.

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