10 February 2011

Showing is Telling....Sometimes words need pictures!!!!

“Show and Tell”, Chapter six in Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics is summed up excellent. It starts off with a little story about who we all as kids used to take things in to show and tell and not really know the correct terms for what we were showing! He explains how it is normal for children to associate pictures and words, thats why children’s books have more pictures than they have words, however its a phase we need to “grow” out of! As we mature so should our books, therefore the amount of pictures should decrease to none. However we are a world obsessed with moving pictures and words, so how is this really different? Pictures and words go back to ancient times, when pictures were used to represent words because no such thing as an alphabet was created. Pictures have slowly evolved there way into letters or symbols we used everyday to create words. Pictures these days have become more specific as to what they represent, they don’t always need words to tell the story they are portraying. There are many different combinations of words and pictures; word specific, picture specific, duo-specific, additive, parallel, montage, and inter-dependent. Each is a very unique way in creating comics and story lines for comics. If you only want pictures to tell the story there are “specific” ways to do so! And so on and so fourth with any way you want your story to be told.


McCloud has a great way of explaining everything in detail for this chapter. He takes the time to make a sequence of pictures into a story then just a sequence of text boxes. Then when you put them together things make more sense, however they are both able to stand alone and have the same concept. Showing and telling are both very specific things, and they can both easily stand alone, however I believe that they work best when they are together. It makes things easier for everyone around them to understand. Take a cook book for example, anyone can follow a recipe, however if you can see the steps in picture form you feel more confident with the outcome if it looks exactly like the picture step by step.


Sequencial Comic Analysis

            Chapter six in Scott McCloud’s book Understanding Comics: the Invisible Art basically tells how the use of words and text together help impact the telling of a story. In other words, there’s the use of both words and pictures or images in every single area of subjects such as art and lecture. McCloud then details the stages of how we read throughout our lives. Starting with children, and how every page is mostly pictures and a low amount of words because it’s “easier”.  Then as we grow older we begin to separate each subject, to just art, or just literature, with each being a lot more complex of course.
            McCloud then tells us that about 15,000 years ago, human communication began to take its course. He describes the fact that these ancient cave paintings were more symbolic than anything else. It carried on through to the Egyptian lifestyle and also that of the Mayans. Although when the printing process was introduced, there were more expectations of words. Then further and further on through the decades, the separation grows more and more. McCloud tells how in the 19th century the two of these subjects started to come together in what today we call “comics.” He then goes on to detail how much art and literature impacts the quality of the comic. The two may combine harmoniously.
            In my opinion comics are a great way to get information. It helps both types of people, those who learn better through words and speaking, and those that favor the pictures and examples to learn. As for me, I am the latter, so words with pictures help with the retaining of info, and I do like to read comics. Scott McCloud’s detailing really impresses me because it shows how deep a comic actually is.

Show Me, Tell Me

Chapter six gave great information and appraisal to a great duo, which are words and pictures. Hundreds of years ago people used words and pictures to tell a story, especially on cave walls. Then over time people separated the duo. Pictures became more specific, concentrating more on an object or a person. Like pictures, words became more specific and direct. It mainly concentrated on providing information. Eventually, pictures and words worked together to create a story. Like children, comics tell stories using words and pictures interchangeably and how they tell a story is unlimited. Sometimes, the duos either lead one another or work together. At times a picture tends to tell a story in more detail than words, but the words assist the images by providing a simple soundtrack for sounds. Other times words elaborate or describe a picture more in depth so it can be understood. Also, both words and pictures portray or send the same message. Many people will always misunderstand words or pictures, but creators will continue to combine words and pictures to produce good quality art.

I considered chapter six to be extremely informative and effective. Sometimes, a person does not realize how strong words and pictures can be when combined. They create an indestructible force to help the reading audience obtain the information a whole lot more than just simply reading or looking at a picture alone. McCloud opens our eyes to see and appreciate words and pictures in comics. I very much enjoyed reading this chapter.

Bring On Chapter 6!

So from chapter six McCloud starts off by telling us what we probably don't pay attention to as children. He explains that as kids, we use less precise words to get our point across and more words as we get older. Gradually he moves into talking about the importance of having words combined with your pictures in comics. He gives us different types of these combinations in the book. These include everything from word specific combinations, which allow the picture to do the majority of the explanation but does not actually add completely to the text, to interdependent combinations which both pictures and words work together to "convey an idea that neither could convey alone." He explains that there are all of these different types of combinations that get twisted around and changed every so often to create a new way producing comics.
The thing that frustrates me about McCloud is that every time I think I'm beginning to understand everything there is to know about comics, he shoots another fact at me. Then, I go rethinking everything that I know about comics and in what ways I've changed my mind about them. However, I do like the fact that he brought up the show-and-tell strip. It never came to my attention that we lose the art of pictures as we get older. Even now, writing this blog I see no pictures or with any real art on it. It kind of makes me feel bad for growing up. So, here's a picture for everyone that's tired of just seeing words all the time as college students.

Hurray for Show and Tell! The Balance of Pictures and Words.

Chapter six in the book Understanding Comics is all about "show and tell". Show and tell you may ask? Isn't that something that kindergartners do? Well no, Scott McCloud explains in chapter six how comics are all about show and tell. But first he explains the history of both words and pictures. When he is talking about the history he shows how they have both evolved. After explaining the history he goes into how they have come together to create comics. The pictures show whats going on and the words explain in depth whats happening. There are different types of show and tell when it comes to comics. The different ones are word specific-which have pictures to show but need text to complete it, picture specific-words do more they are like a "soundtrack", duo specific-words and pictures do the same thing, additive- words or pictures "amplify" or "elaborate", parallel- the words and pictures follow different paths, montage- the words are literally apart of the picture, interdependent- the words and pictures go "hand in hand" they both need each other. Pictures and words work together when it comes to comics. They are a team and have to work together to accomplish a goal. There needs to be balance when it comes to comics. Words and pictures both can't lead. Pictures usually take the lead when it comes to comics, but the words can be used to explore or go more into depth and expand on an idea.

Chapter six was very informative, it showed how words and pictures really come together to create this great piece of work we call comics. I liked how it explained the evolution of both. How they have both changed over the years. And how they have come together. In this chapter i got a better understanding of how the words and the images of comics work together. Words and pictures simply add to one another. They enhance each other and ensure that the meaning will be clear to the reader. The use of words and images really does make comics limitless. Comics can do just about anything the options are endless when it comes to comics.

09 February 2011

Speaking Comic

In Chapter six of the book Understanding Comisc, Scott McCloud takes his reader through a brief historical passage educating them on the advent of words and and pictures. He begins his lesson by stating that pictures predated the written word back in the Golden Age. He later sataed that words in that period was represented by and words, thus highlighting the the precedence and value that pictures and symbols had in that period. He continued his lesson by showing the birth of written words which by that time had become more abstarct and looked less like pictures. In the interim pictures on the other hand looked less like symbols and were more representational and more specific. The comparison was made and the conclusion was drafted that these two mediums were completely opposite and would not yeild positive results if mixed in the same genre. McCloud made reference to a great twist in the story line which occured in moden history. This is where pictutres once again became abstract and language began to convey meaning like picture. this gave account for the amalgamation of both features and which is explored in the world of comics. This has been proven to be very adnavtageous in the rhetoric of comic as both features have become partners and compliment each other well, resulting in enjoyable but comprehensible comics.
Once again McCloud succeeded in efficiently delivering the message that is embedded in the topic. He cleverly creates an interesting yet captivating story line that had the reader's athention from the very beginning. I particularly like the way how McCloud supports his aruments with historical fact along the time line. He demonstates his intelligence, knowledege about the subject matter throughout this chapter and also the preceding chapters. I particularly enjoyed reading this chapter because I received valuable information that are taught in other subject areas such as History, Visual Art and English Literature. Reading the book has helped me developed an indebt understanding of comics and has also heightened my appreciation for the genre as i now realize that there is more to it that the typical stereotypes. I look froward to reading the subsequent chapters to see what other values are embedded in this genre that is commomly and fequently taken for granted.

Masters Of Art And Literature

Chapter six of Scott McCloud’s book Understanding Comics the Invisible Art is a debate of the use of words and text together in the use of telling a story or the use of both words and pictures in every aspect of art and lecture. Such as McCloud’s first example of when we are kids the use of little words and examples of pictures like kids in show and tell trying to describe what they brought while trying to show it off. But through our lives we are expected to grow out of it onto more complex text and books with pictures to books with no pictures. That’s why that most people believe only great works of arts and literature are only great when words and pictures are keep separate.

The start of our communication began 15,000 years ago with the cave paintings that were detailed but more symbolic than anything. This influence kept its traditions through the years with the Egyptians and the Mynas but was taken away from tradition and more expectations of words not pictures more implicated when printing began. As art and words became more separate art became more symbolic and representative in later years. In the years of the 1800 the combination of the use of words began to be combined again to start a whole new use of the two. With the two combining comics became well known to people and the creators of the comics thought great art and great writing will combine harmoniously by virtue of quality alone. Such uses like word specific where pictures illustrate, but don’t significantly add to a largely complete text. Another is picture specific combinations where words do little more than add a soundtrack to a visually told sequence. And of course duo-specific panels in which both words and pictures send essentially the same message just to name a few styles that are used to manipulate the two. But when you find the right combination the way they are expressed together are great works of art. Although how the two are used are really up to the author of the selection and that is what really makes or breaks a comic strip.

My opinion the use of words and pictures together is a great way of showing and explaining a story or situation because you need the image in your head of what you are reading so you can understand it along with the text to tell what is happening so the selection will last longer in your mind. So in Scott McCloud’s ides in this chapter really influences me and makes me believe that what he is saying is true. So tell me and show me.

Reading Pictures

Chapter six of Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics explains the relationship between pictures and words in a comic. McCloud tells about the history and evolution of words and pictures and how they have been used together to create different works. McCloud explains that the first words were actually pictures! Pictures have predated the written word by a large margin. As thousands of years have passed, words have grown farther away from their ancestor, pictures.

It did not take long until ancient pictures started becoming more abstract. In time, words began losing their ancient visual resemblance and started to represent only sound. With the help of the printing press, written word took a leap and took humanity with it. Eventually, pictures and words grew farther apart in the opposite corners of the iconic abstraction chart. With both pictures and words in the corner, both had room to grow.

Pictures expanded up the abstraction chart into categories such as expressionism, futurism, Dada, and surrealism. At the same time, written words were also changing. Poetry turned away from elusive abstraction and became more direct in style. Both began moving to the left in the abstraction chart. Pictures and written word were headed for a collision.

In this collision, the comic was formed! Unfortunately for comics at this time, modern art was incomprehensible to many viewers. People did not appreciate the comic. The comic suffered the curse of new media, and the curse of being judged by old standards. Even though comics were born in this misunderstood time for modern art, comics had potential in the art of storytelling. The comic could combine words and pictures in unlimited ways.

McCloud covers a lot of history and the perspective on comics in this chapter. He explains that comics can combine words and pictures in many different combinations. Of word specific and picture specific combinations, there is additive, parallel, montage, and interdependent. These combinations help the writer tell the story in unlimited ways, making the comic ever changing. Words can carry the weight in a comic, which allows pictures to take off and vice versa. The mixing of pictures and words in comics is a beautiful thing. This is when you show and tell.

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.