After reading the first chapter in Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics, I realized that there are a few things I have never heard or known about comics. McCloud explains that every writer has a different technique, different content in their comic strips, different drawings, and different messages. McCloud's definition of a comic is, "Juxaposed, Pictoral, and other Images in Deliberate Sequence." This seems like a complex definition for comic strips. The average person would most likely define comics as, "pictures with words in bubbles." McCloud explains how it's simply not that easy to define a comic. Who would have known that comics date back to the egyptian times? When I think of Hieroglyphics, the word comic strip doesn't exactly pop into my mind. It makes sense though, all of these examples are in sequence like McCloud says. Other examples McCloud uses are Photo Booths, Instructional Manuels, and even some Stained Glass windows displaying Biblical scenes. I never would have compared those things to the comic strips in the Sunday Paper!
Another thing I found interesting is the part where McCloud talks about Max Ernst's "Collage Novel, a Week of Kindness." He says that, "this 182 plate sequence of collages is widely considered a masterpiece of 20th century art, but no art history teacher would dream of calling it "comics". I find this funny because it just proves how lowly scholars think of comics. In reality comics do date back and there is a history and a technique to writing a comic. I think that our society has put this label of "comics" on them that makes it hard for people to take them seriously. Obviously there is more to know than what meets the eye.