03 February 2010

Ch 1 and 2 blog

Anthony Ratliff
January 24, 2010

Chapter one, “setting the record straight”, starts off with a guy named Scott McCloud. Growing up he thought he knew what comics were, but he really had no idea. He thought they were bright, colorful magazines filled with bad art, stupid stories and guys in tights. He thinks he’s too old for them, that is until his friend convinces to give comics another try. So Scott does some research and comes up with a definition for comics. At first the definition starts as sequential art, then it goes to sequential visual art. Since that’s too broad, the characteristics of the definition help to develop a more specific definition, and after five tries Scott finally comes up with “juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence.” Scott studies different cultural comics and finds plenty of interesting things.
Chapter two, “the vocabulary of comics”, starts off with a pipe or so we think that’s what it is, but after six frames we find out that it’s really a printed copy of a drawing of a painting of a pipe. Then he starts talking about icons and what the word icon means to him. He uses the word “icon” to mean any image used to represent a person, place, thing or idea. Every icon on page twenty six is not what it really is!!! It shows a picture of a face and it’s so detailed that it can only be one person, then it loses detail to where it can be a few people, eventually it losing all the detail and it’s just a plain face to where it can be anyone in the world. Scott has a bunch of different shapes and with a simple addition of what looks like an eye; every shape looks like it’s a face. He said “we assign identities and emotions where none exist. Throughout chapter two Scott just describes how all the icons are not what they really are in the book.
So far after reading chapters one and two I have found the book to be really interesting. Scott McCloud has a really good sense of humor and makes it fun. The part that I found to be the funniest was on page twenty five when I read “do you hear what I’m telling you? If you do, have your ears checked, because no one said a word. I really enjoyed chapter two because everything that I read made me think about times that I can relate to, like assigning identities where they don’t exist. I also enjoyed the part where the detailed face lost so much detail that it went from knowing who the person is to the person being anyone in the world.

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