Panel transitions

For anyone interested in the mechanics of telling a story in comics, Scott Eric Kaufman has a great post up on "Lawyers, Guns, and Money" (the rest of the site is all about politics, so be warned!) from his freshman composition course that explores examples of classic transitions:

First I provide the McCloud:
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Then I follow it with an example from their text, in this case Craig Thompson's Blankets:

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Read the whole thing, as they say.

I highly recommend McCloud's "Understanding Comics" as an insightful, revealing, educational, and fun (if you like that sort of thing) introduction and thorough exploration of what we mean when we say "Comics", and how the medium works from the inside out. I'm glad Dr. Kaufman does these posts, they're a great way to bring an understanding of the medium to a larger audience.