Each piece confronts a different element of visual storytelling. I had originally used maps as the source text for each of the pieces. I chose maps because they are imbued with their own set of rules and expectations and contain their own, highly linear narratives. I wanted the juxtaposition created when combining elements of two such disparate modes of communication to highlight the formal element that was being investigated.
The simple act of framing action with a panel border is a defining characteristic of comics. One of the most important functions of the space between these panels is the implication of the passage of time. I wanted to play with showing time elapsing while not breaking the physical continuity of the map.
While panel borders physically separate scenes and can serve as an indicator of passing time, they also encapsulate place and give navigational cues to the reader. This piece strips back contextual cues as to how the content should be digested, while attempting to retain enough of this essence to still be visually recognizable as a comic. The disjointed, overlapping and 3 dimensionally layered visuals serve to undermine the hierarchy implied by the symbols as well.