An excerpt from 73 Notes sur la bande dessinée (73 Notes on Comics)
Translated by Andrew White. The full translated text of 73 Notes on Comics will be published in Comics Workbook Magazine #4.
There are three types of games to be played with images. These three…
Comics are governed by metonymy. Visual details allude to a larger whole. This simply can be the minimalist backgrounds of someone like Jaime Hernandez, which are often just simple lines and silhouettes that stand in for an entire neighborhood. But metonymy is more fundamental than this. As Schwartz says, comics are created when “juxtaposed local images” make up “a global image.” So the panels themselves are pieces of a larger whole, details that the reader puts together to understand the larger whole.