why is this site called ‘from the gutter’, you might ask. in comics, you have panels in which the artist draws. the gutter is literally that white space between the panels. it is also, as will eisner and scott mccloud explain in their works on the art of comics, a place where time passes.
“Albert Einstein in his Special Theory (Relativity) states that time is not absolute but relative to the position of the observer. In essence the panel (or box) makes that postulate a reality for the comic book reader,” Eisner writes in Comics and Sequential Art.
A panel depicts a scene or action, and there is a gutter, or time, between any two panels. the more enjoyable comics make use of that little gutter, allowing the readers to fill in what happens in that passage of time. it is the place in the comic where readers get to be creative. it is also what I think distinguishes comics from movies which have much more spelled out for the audience. in comics, there are more gaps for the audience to fill.
also, the street gutter metaphor is appropriate, too, because it’s a place where little bits from all over come together, usually to no one’s attention.