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  • The Virgin Suicides could thus be called a novel without conventional characters (the closest to a rounded, "sympathetic" character might be Mr. Lisbon, who almost becomes compelling in his cluelessness) and, since the sisters 'fate is more or less known from the beginning, not much plot aside from the filling-in of details.

    Point of View in Fiction

  • In fairness, McCloud considers a wide variety of panel-to-panel transitions, and some of those unquestionably do call for filling-in with mental imagery to one degree or another.

    Archive 2010-02-07

  • What I said was, "Creators who expect the brain to spontaneously fill in whatever gaps they leave in their movies, comics, novels, or whatever, with maximally vivid, animated 3d Technicolor imagery simply don't understand what filling-in actually does or how it works."

    UNDERSTANDING COMICS: More about closure

  • Ramachandran offers a somewhat more complex example of closure--one that still counts as perceptual completion, because, though not as automatic as the filling-in of the optic disc blind spot, it's irreversible once completion has taken place:

    UNDERSTANDING COMICS: From vision to narrative? (cont.)

  • Creators who expect the brain to spontaneously fill in whatever gaps they leave in their movies, comics, novels, or whatever, with maximally vivid, animated 3d Technicolor imagery simply don't understand what filling-in actually does or how it works.

    Archive 2010-02-07

  • That's not to say creators can't craft gaps in a way that primes the brain to fill them in with extraordinary results, but the information around those gaps matters crucially to the filling-in.

    Archive 2010-02-07

  • That's how filling-in functions in a real, working brain.

    Archive 2010-02-07

  • Just as the bottom of Damasio's tree contains automatic mechanisms like the immune system and metabolic regulation, so a closure tree would have the automatic processes of perceptual filling-in at its base.

    UNDERSTANDING COMICS: From vision to narrative? (cont.)

  • And Ramachandran notes that lots of the filling-in our brain actually does is not so much a solution to the problem of incomplete information, but a shortcut to avoid dealing with information overload:The answer lies in a Darwinian explanation of how the visual system evolved.

    Archive 2010-02-07

  • I think I myself expressed just about every point you make in your second-to-last paragraph when I said, “In fairness, McCloud considers a wide variety of panel-to-panel transitions, and some of those unquestionably do call for filling-in with mental imagery to one degree or another.”

    UNDERSTANDING COMICS: Gutters in the Mind (Updated)

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