Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
A Research on the Readability Influenced by the Page Layout of Manga
Reading comics has become one of the most popular entertainments today. At the same time, more and more people are joining to create comics. “How to make readers easily understand comics” is a subject that every comic creator will face. The training of comic creation relies on experience and lacked a system, but in order to meet the needs of the vast comic market, the learning effectiveness of creators should also be valued. If we can draw on existing comic research and analyze readers’ reading behavior through scientific methods such as experiments and induction, it is possible to sort out the general principles of the relationship between the page layouts and the readability. In practice, the results of this research may help creators quickly eliminate the poorly readable page layout styles, so that they can more efficiently create comics; and in academic research, this research also has a preliminary discussion on “the readability effect on comic page layout styles”. This also open up scientific research in the field of Taiwan’s comics. This study is an empirical research using eye tracking technology to measure subjects. It explores the influence of the number of panels, the shape of panels, and the widths of gutters of manga page layouts on readability. The research shows that the number of panels does affect the readability of manga page layouts. The page with fewer panels are less readable. The reason is speculated that the layout with less divisions provide less information to readers; The impact of the panel-shapes and the gutter-widths on readability of manga page layouts needs further research and verification. In addition, the eye tracking experiments also found that many readers do not follow the reading path set by the creator. However, whether they follow the default path does not affect the readers’ understanding of the story. Readers’ reading sequence for comics is also affected by their personal reading experience. Readers with more experience in reading American comics, Korean comics, and webtoons, as well as readers who are accustomed to reading online comics, comic e-books with electronic products, have a greater chance of reading comics in a way going against the “reverse Z-path” principle; Readers who have been reading manga magazines and manga tankobon (books published for independent volumes) for a long time usually follow the “reverse Z-path” reading principle of manga.
|Appears in Collections:||學位論文|
Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.