My latest “Worlds in Panels” posted at PopMatters yesterday. I look at visual storytelling in comics with a focus on Ximo Abadia’s Clonk.
With a strongly visual book like Clonk reading is also a continual process of writing or rewriting the narrative. Literally or figuratively, later pages and panels cause me to go back to prior ones in order to reassess the meanings of those earlier passages. In fact, it is difficult for me to think of my first reading of the book in isolation from the second, the latter taking place right after the former. And even during the first reading, I went back and physically re-read certain panels after finding that subsequent images suggested new meanings to earlier ones.