As any other teen, I used to be a big fan of comic books. I used to love the action genre of comics. I read X-Men, Justice League, Spiderman, Superman, and any other super hero who had “man” attached to their name. However, I never took it seriously. Just reading the first chapter of the book Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, opened a whole perspective towards it. Who would have imagined that the history of comics started from 1049 A.D.? The Pre-Colombian picture manuscript, Bayoeux Tapestry, Mexican codex and etcetera were some historical comic forms which signified the birth of comics. Similarly, McCloud talks about the genres, tools, and some interesting facts with the use of sequential art. All in all, reading through the first chapter was a walk in the park.
The second chapter talks about icons and images. What the people see? And what our eyes see? It sure sounds interesting but if you come to think of it, it is true. It is something that I had never thought before. This chapter also talks about how image differ in countries. Also, McCloud talks about the difference in details in various comic books.
What I don't like about McCloud is, he doesn't say anything about "mangas". Mangas have sequential art too. And I am pretty sure that most people agree with me. Infact I prefer reading mangas more than western comic books.