The format and size of the frames in a comics sequence can affect a viewer’s perception of mood, time — and the importance of a panel’s content
When a relatively large comics panel is preceded or followed by smaller panels in a sequence, it’s implied that the larger panel contains the most important or more dramatic information.
We read sideways, left to right. So, long horizontal panels can give the impression of a slow pace due to the relatively long distance between the left and right panel edges. See below.
Thin vertical panels give the impression of a fast/staccato pace due to the relatively short distance between the left and right panel edges. See below.
A tree viewed over the course of the four seasons certainly slows down the sense of time, even in thin vertical panels that normally indicate a fast reading clip.
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