09 February 2011

It's Show and Tell Time!

The sixth chapter of Understanding Comics is called "Show and Tell" and that is exactly what author Scott McCloud does in this chapter. He explains the importance and the effects of words and pictures in comics through a comic itself. In the beginning of chapter one, Scott McCloud stated that "words and pictures are as popular as ever.." Words and pictures are used in our everyday life. From commercials to books they are everywhere we look. Scott McCloud refers back to chapter five in Understanding Comics stating that "the earliest words were, in fact, stylized pictures." The earliest comics also had words and pictures but they were not combined like today's comics.

Scott McCloud believed that pictures were going to expand and become more modern. He stated that pictures were going to become more expressive, futuristic, full of Dada, surrealism, fauvism, cubism, abstract expressionism, neo-plasticism and constructivism. Pictures also ended up resembling words which is used in comics, called montage. There are many different ways that pictures can be used in comics such as word specific which means that the pictures illustrate what is going on but there is not complete text in the panel. Duo-specific is another style which means that both the words and the pictures in the comic send the same message to the reader. The additive style means that the words in the comic elaborate and explain the picture. The picture specific style in comics is using the picture to tell the main part of the story. Finally, the interdependent style means that the words and pictures need each other to convey the idea.

I believe that Scott McCloud did a great job explaining the importance of words and pictures in chapter six. I had no clue that there were so many ways that pictures and words could be put together in a comic! The examples McCloud uses while explaining the different ways that words and pictures can be used, helped me to understand what he was saying. I think that this book would not be as effective if it was not in a comic book form. Reading Understanding Comics has actually made me appreciate and understand comics.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post, Bre! Just remember that when summarizing a text, we always write in the resent tense.

    And I'm glad the book is winning you over :-)

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