In Inventing Comics by Dylan Horock’s he begins with discussing Scott McCloud’s famous book Understanding Comics. He explains how powerful, persuasive, and inspiring McCloud’s novel really is. He also explains how all theory is somewhat controversial, and arguable; as in the case of Scott McCloud’s book. He goes on by mentioning how understanding comics “constructs a way of talking about comics that affirms and supports our longing for critical respectability and seems to offer an escape from the cultural ghetto.” As follows, he goes over the definition of comics that McCloud brings to the table, his claims, and the exploration of the medium. His interpretation of the definition of comics and what closure is, and how scott begins to construct his own “proper” definition of comics. Next Dylan Horrock’s criticizes how mccloud has defined comics and essentially “has taken one term or concept (Eisners ‘sequential art’) and grafted it on to the old word ‘comics’. Same old word – new meaning.” Horock’s then ensues that comics have seemed to become like a community that includes shared history, mythology, culture and how in a sense that comics have begin to assert themselves. He goes on by contending “that understanding comics is full of geographical metaphors, globes, territories, map-like grids, and spaces being traversed.” Now the author of this essay begins to state that Scott McCloud’s definition on comics is an attempt to free comics from societies negative critiques and “the restrictive ghetto to which previous definitions/maps have confined them.” In a way he states that McCloud only wants to broaden and expand our borders to what comics really are. He then explains how after McCloud erased the history of comics, he now returns to the field of history and in that, he gathers authors from the beginning of the art form. The author now expounds how McCloud’s definition allows for cartoonists to break boundaries, and to detach themselves from traditional methods , styles, genres, and methods. The writer now overviews how ‘a comic is a sequence of pictures’ as a metaphor. A metaphorical system such as McCloud’s definition for comics can influence the way we read and create comics. An assumption is then thrown out that each ‘art form’ is separate and distinct from every other one. He tells us how comics avoid limitations, and how that a good art form possesses those unique qualities and abilities. He now quotes R.C. Harvey’s and his book, the art of the funnies. “The thing that comics do that no other graphic art does is to weave word and picture together to achieve a narrative purpose” he then states how comics are a blend of word and pictures. Not a simple combination but a blend, a ‘true mixture’. He continues with when form, is conceived of as a genre, “differences such as novel, poem, or illustrations work the same way as detective story, science fiction or superhero story.” There is no natural law, limitations or cites that say how an author should arrange his own personal work. He now speaks on the where we draw the border between comics and illustrated texts. Ultimately, he states “any borders we may draw along that spectrum are arbitrary and depend more on what relationship we wish to see between words and pictures in comics than on any objectively valid criteria.” He closes his main points section by talking about chapter six, how we mix words and pictures, the time and intervals and the history of both. He also says that how in a sense comics are somewhat a new form of language, preserving the grammar of written language but replacing the actual words with pictures.
In my opinion Dylan Horock pin pointed and discussed every key element of Scott McClouds definiton of comics to an exact point. It was very interesting and well written in a way that i saw things in McClouds book with the help of Horock that i had not seen before. He broadened up my mind to explore new life in McClouds novel. I enjoyed the reading though it was rather long and at the same time very difficult to understand. I now have more insight to the definiton of comics by McCloud from others point of views.