All times, one place, and all at once: time shuffling in Richard McGuire's "Here" and Here

Arkadiusz Misztal


Published in 1989, Richard McGuire's black-and-white strip has come to be regarded as a game changer that revolutionized narrative possibilities of graphic fiction. In the deceptively modest layout of the strip, McGuire created a multidimensional zone of small moments projected against the long horizon. The strip covers six pages of six panels each, but beginning with the fifth panel the reader encounters year-labeled "windows" of time that float freely into each frame of action. This frame-within-frame layout encourages rereading and flipping back and forth between the panels. Instead of linear progression, “Here” conflates time and space to generate multiple dimensionalities that become simultaneously present. With the focus centered on the dynamics of simultaneity, this paper examines the framing devices and narrative strategies which introduce multiple and overlapping temporalities by means of visual and verbal juxtapositions. Subsequently, it discusses the interactive ebook edition of Here, which as I argue, enhances the time-bending quality of the original script and explores the digital mobility of post-Cartesian cyberspace and time.
Author Arkadiusz Misztal (FL / IEAS)
Arkadiusz Misztal,,
- Institute of English and American Studies
Journal seriesImage (&) Narrative, ISSN 1780-678X, e-ISSN 1780-678X, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishnarrative, graphic fiction, simultaneity, window, frame, interactive digital media
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne - Bez utworów zależnych (CC-BY-NC-ND); with publication
Score (nominal)70
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ScoreMinisterial score = 70.0, 08-04-2020, ArticleFromJournal
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