29 January 2010
In Chapters 4, Scott McCloud talks about the motion of pictures and how the frames are divided to show certain things other than pictures. He breaks down the panels of what we see and what the authors are trying to get us to see. The action in the panels can be silent yet still convey an action or a place of movement. The fact that there are certain symbols or icons in frames do not all have to have meaning when they are use to represent something or an object. The fact that time and dimensions of space are defined by the content of the panel itself. I enjoyed reading about how in the time of panels change in order to keep the reader’s interested because they want us to keep reading their material. I like how Scott McCloud brought up the one panel that is popular with Japanese comics, but was soon adopted in the Western part of America recently. The way we read is from left to right, but McCloud shows that we can read top to bottom also with guidance from the creator without creating confusion. I really enjoyed when McCloud brought the different types of inventors who claim that they all invented the “moving pictures” and everyone wanted to be first. He placed a piece of history instead his comic to get his point across, which was moving pictures have been around for a long time and they are continuing to get better as time goes on. McCloud speaks about a man named Marcel Duchamp, who was from France and began the systematic decomposition of moving images. In panels of comics, different types of forms are used in order to capture motion and objects moving, but depends on the type of from you are working with. Now in Chapter 6, he starts off talking about how we all learned of show and tell, using images and words to explain what we are doing or how to do something. Pictures and images is a created diversion to convey a message or a different point of view in order to understand other people’s point of view. I loved how Scott McCloud uses history as a way of showing that pictures or images have been around for a really long time. People in history used images to show what their culture or present life was like during the times in which they lived without using words like we do now a days. Pictures in this time were starting to become more advanced and the expectations of what comic artists were wanting grew higher. I liked the how he used another pyramid to describe his point of view on what resembles and what meanings have are in the creation. However, when they both do not work for one another, then they collide and create something totally opposite from one another. He brings up art in which were created by famous people before our time because he talked about impressionism in which people could talk about modern when viewed, however he captured the moment in which it stood for. I feel that the chapter was more about showing images and them being able to tell a story about what is created rather than people going based on assumptions. I feel I have learned a lot from Scott McCloud because his chapters speak about comics being a form of art as well as seeing more than what meets the eye.