Understanding Comics by Scott McLoud starts off with a basic introduction of what comics are about and what his next project is going to be. The elements used in making and understanding comics is briefly discussed and will later on, be explained in depth. Everyone knows what a comic is and knows that they are for little nerdy teenage boys. But is actually that truth? I think not after reading the first two chapters.
While reading through Ch. 1, Setting The Record Straight, McLoud explains how at one point in life he thought he was too old to be reading comics, but when one of his friends (who is quite intelligent) lends McLoud his comic book collection, he realizes that comics are AMAZING!!! He decides to become a Comic Book Artist and while doing that decides that people don't understand comics because they think too narrowly. He slowly begins to come up with a definition to explain comics. Trying and trying McLoud finally comes up with a defininition which he feels is most understandable. "Comics: Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in a deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response in the viewer." Comics have been around for centuries but a person never really considered paintings inside cave walls comics. Comics have indeed been around for a very long time, different cultures have painted pictures on walls to tell a story or to remember historic events.
The Vocabulary of Comics, Ch. 2, McLoud explains what an icon is "Icon: any image used to represent a person, place, thing, or idea. He continues to explain that our minds understand that simile dots and a line put in the right places represent a face. The icon that we are seeing doesn't have to be one or amazing art and we still recognize what that icon is. The icons used in comics can go from being realistic to abstract and in most cases the human mind can make up nwhat the icon is.
After reading Chapters 1 and 2 I found that comics are very intersting and more complex than most people might think. They are specific details that a person can't get when reading a book or magazine. So when someone thinks that comic books are for nerdy teenage boys...THEY ARE WAY OFF. Comics can and should be read by everyone who enjoys reading and even those that don't like reading, comics give a different spin to the word reading. From little kids first learning to read, to using comics for educational purposes, to just reading for fun, comics are
definitely something to consider. I now understand how comics vary from other types of reading and visual material and I know what a comic is.