After taking a look at “99 ways to tell a story” by Matt Madden, I find a little twist on the original comic can make a different feeling of a viewer while he/she sees both of them. Apparently, I deem the comic called “Subjective” the interesting one. I am going to compare the original one and the “Subjective” to explain my choice. The theme of both comics is showing a person who is finding something but his mind goes blank suddenly.
The prominent element on the original one is the man as he appears on almost all the squares. It helps direct the viewers that he is the main character on the comic, and urge them to pay more attention to him since he is the one who makes the whole story completed. This is the simplest way to guide viewers to what the cartoonist wants them to focus on.
Nonetheless, when looking at the latter one, it doesn’t comprise of that man but the dialogue remains the same. Interestingly, the hands of the man can be seen. The cartoonist intends to make anyone of the viewers the main character of the story. This way, we feel as if we are typing in front of the computer, finding something and asking “What time is it?”. The cartoonist successfully throws us into the role of the man by deleting him from the original one into the “Subjective” one.
The existence of the man do affects the viewing point of the comics. Apart from it, in order to let the comic caters to the new topic of the story, which is “Subjective”, the cartoonist also changes the way he portrays the objects, for examples, the computers, watch and fridge. On the original one, they are shown as the background. Yet, there is a change on the “Subjective”, all of these are in close-ups to allow viewers to see the detail views of the objects. It intensifies the sense of reality of the viewers like they are actually in the situation of the character, they are in that particular room and see all things there clearly. The cartoonist shift the viewers from “looking” how the man is finding his thing to “feeling” how the man is under that situation.
It is interesting to see how well the cartoonist changes the perception of viewers by just deleting the character and also making the background into the so-called foreground so that the viewers put themselves into the shoes of that man.