Reading three panels

Here’s a great example of how to closely read three panels of a comic. The panels come from a long work by Ben Katchor (The Cardboard Valise), and the close reader is Canadian comics creator Seth (It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken). Click the (+) to enlarge the image, then read Seth’s take on how Katchor focuses our attention and leads us along the sequence. This slow analysis of form and content is exactly what you’ll be expected to produce in your essay.



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