08 June 2009

Chapters 2 & 3 Blog

In Understanding Comics: The Invisible Ar,t by Scott McCloud he talks about Vocabulary or “Icons” in Chapter Two. The idea that he gives the reader many pictures, but explains that those pictures are not what individuals are looking at but images used to represent a person, place, thing, or idea. He then moves on to cartoons and writes about how he refers to them as a “form of amplification through simplification,” which is one’s interpretation of what is going on in the cartoon by what that person hears, sees, and believes. McCloud discusses experiences and how they “can be separated into two realms,” that of concept and senses. McCloud discuses how readers are able to relate themselves to a cartoon by connecting their feelings and emotions to what is taking place in the cartoon.
I feel that McCloud makes a good point about how humans tend to see a lot of human characteristics in objects like the picture of the car on page 33. As people we encounter other people on a daily basis so a face is what we come into contact with the only imagine that is repeated in our minds.
In Chapter three he comics about how humans learn. He starts off by explaining that as an infant we construct an understanding of the world by coordinating sensory experiences (such as seeing and hearing) with physical, motoric actions. As we become adults we then are able to recognise objects, and know what they are by the use of our five sences and the what we are told to believe that object is. McCloud then categorizes panel-to-panel transitions into six classes: moment-to-moment (“very little closure”), action-to-action (“progressions”), subject-to-subject (staying within an idea), scene-to-scene (“significant distances of time”), aspect-to-aspect (“bypassed time”), and non-sequitur (“no logical relationship between panels”).
I think that in chapter three it was easier to relate to the material being read then that of chapter two. I think because as humans we think psychologically or by habit which then humans are able to create their own ideas and perceptions of what is going on around them.
Jerry Herrera

1 comment:

  1. Jerry, this feels really rushed. But then, you are coming in just an hour before deadline ;-) Take your time with your next entry, and be careful not to fall into those "list summaries" that we discussed in Ch. 2 of They Say, I Say.

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