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Infinite canvas

The infinite canvas is the idea that the size of a digital comics page is theoretically infinite, and that online comics are therefore not limited by conventional page sizes. An artist could conceivably display a complete comics story of indefinite length on a single "page". Scott McCloud introduced the concept in his book Reinventing Comics.[1]

Artists known for their work in infinite canvas include Scott McCloud, Cayetano Garza, demian5, Patrick Farley, David Hellman, and Aaron Diaz.[citation needed]

The infinite canvas has been used in comics such as Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire, where artists are easily able to change their standard format from one line to two when desired. Likewise, Megatokyo made a smooth transition from traditional four-panel comic strip to full-page graphic novel.[2] Webcomics such as Narbonic take advantage of the medium on occasion for special effects (e.g. the time-shift effect in "Dave Davenport Has Come Unstuck in Time"), and even sometimes use the "gradualism" effect McCloud describes.[3]

Recently, it has been proposed to extend the notion of infinite canvas to an infinite number of surfaces including minimal surfaces, orientable, and non-orientable surfaces in order to produce stories that share common ground with sculptures and comics. As a result, topological graph theory can be used to extract information about stories when the story time line structure is perceived as a graph and the canvas is perceived as a topological space. [4]

See also


  1. ^ McCloud, Scott (July 25, 2000). "Reinventing Comics". Harper Paperbacks, Pg. 222
  2. ^ Gallagher, Fred (2001-04-23). "1:1.5". Megatokyo. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  3. ^ Described in Scott McCloud's I Can't Stop Thinking! #4. Gradualism can be seen in Narbonic here and in Giant in the Playground here.
  4. ^ Further discussed in Felix Lambert's essay 'Narrative sculptures: graph theory, topology and new perspectives in narratology'. [1]
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