‘Ragged Time’ in Intra-panel Comics Rhythms, by Corry Shores (Department of Political Sciences and International Relations, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey).
This paper is part of the special collection Brilliant Corners: Approaches to Jazz and Comics, co-edited by Dr Nicolas Pillai (Birmingham City University) and Dr Ernesto Priego (City University London).
A phenomenological method of comics analysis can be useful when we need to uncover the structural features of the comics experience itself. One fruitful application would be in the study of irregular intra-panel rhythms, where the temporalized divisions are not visibly indicated but rather are only experienced. By means of Gilles Deleuze’s notion of rhythmic repetition and his elaboration of it through Olivier Messiaen’s theory of ‘kinetic’ rhythm, we will formulate a conception of visual rhythm as being based on metrical irregularity. We further explicate this concept of irregular rhythm by drawing upon the notion of ‘ragged time’ in the early jazz musical form, ragtime. We finally test its usefulness by examining how the ‘jazzy’ rhythms of Cubist-styled panels by Art Spiegelman and Mary Fleener generate an experience of ragged time.
Keywords: visual rhythm, Ragtime, Gilles Deleuze, phenomenology, Mary Fleener, Art Spiegelman
How to Cite: Shores, C., (2016). ‘Ragged Time’ in Intra-panel Comics Rhythms. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. 6, p.9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/cg.79Published: 8 July 2016 Copyright: © 2016 Corry Shores. This is a Peer Reviewed open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. Third-party content is included in the article for research and educational purposes only under Academic Fair Dealing/Fair Use. Unless otherwise stated all third-party content is copyright its original owners; all images of and references to characters and comic art presented on the article or the site(s) are ©, ® or ™ their respective owners. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship is a peer-reviewed open access journal published by Open Library of Humanities. Brilliant Corners: Approaches to Jazz and Comics is a special collection of peer-reviewed research articles co-edited by Dr Nicolas Pillai (Birmingham City University) and Dr Ernesto Priego (City University London) for The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. Over the last forty years, the fields of jazz studies and comic studies have gained currency within the academy and have been enriched by interdisciplinary approaches. The New Jazz Studies has invigorated the discipline beyond its musicological roots, while Comics Studies has thrived in the digital age. This collection aims to find meeting points between the disciplines. The call for papers for this special collection was published on 30 July 2015 and the deadline for submissions was 15 January 2016. The articles in this collection will be published in the order in which they were ready for publication (i.e. not as a ‘bulk’ or single issue). Even though this particular collection is now closed to new submissions, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship receives submissions on an ongoing basis. More information at http://www.comicsgrid.com/about/submissions/.