In the beginning of chapter nine, McCloud asks two questions. Why are comics so important? Why should we try to understand comics? Of course, McCloud has the answer to both of these questions. McCloud goes on to explain that humans live in a state of isolation and nobody can ever understand what it’s like to be someone else on the inside. Also, no matter how much we try to make someone understand they will never understand what we feel inside. According to McCloud, comics are one of the only ways that an individual’s voice can be heard. Japan comics are isolated from comics that derive from the west. This can be seen as a form of comics evolving.
McCloud started the book off with what he thinks the definition of a comic is. The whole point of the book is to allow people to see comics as a higher art form and not just reading material for the under educated. There were a lot of good points in the book that helped support McCloud’s claim. McCloud connects comics to all sorts of art forms such as: films, paintings, statues, etc. Comics just like fine are have survived the centuries, even when they weren’t viewed as comics then. Overall, this book really helped get the point across that there are more to comics than the vibrant characters and stories.