28 February 2012

The Fine Print of McClouds Definition



In reading Inventing Comics: Scott McCloud’s Definition of Comics, the author, Dylan Horrock gives a description of what McCloud’s book really is about and what it is trying to convey. Horrock begins his analysis with a statement that is considerably true, that this book is “Arguably the most important book of comics theory published in English so far” because of how McCloud uses logic and his theories to persuade his readers to believe his ideas. Horrocks essay is a breakdown of what exactly McCloud is talking about and just how those theories work.
Horrock begins with a breakdown of chapter one and describing it to the audience of how McCloud sees his mission. Goal one: to shatter the stereotypes that makes people unaware of the magic of comics. He talks about how McCloud use to be chauvinistic when it came to comics, then he realized that they weren’t what he, or everyone else, thought they were they weren’t “crude, poorly drawn, semiliterate, cheap, and disposable kiddie fare (although most of them are).” Just people thought/think they are.
Horrock then transitions to how McCloud is going to fix how our (the readers) definition of what comics really is and make us see that our definition is to narrow. To do so, McCloud has to get rid of what caused us to think of comics in such a narrow way he does so by eliminating the history that belongs to comics by using form vs. content. Next Horrock goes into how McCloud eliminates comics history. A few examples such as using a metaphor “form as a vessel”, dichotomy, also eliminating all of the other aspects of comics to break it down to its original raw and pure form which McCloud defines as Sequential art.
The rest of Horrock’s paper, he goes into all the details McCloud uses while he is writing his book such as using rhetorical questions, theories, and persuasive devices in order to convince us of his overall meaning: there are more to comics that meet the eye, don’t take them for granted. Horrock breaks down and makes easier for his reader to understand these devices that McCloud uses.
McClouds first book didn't contract the results he had hoped for. Thus the reason why he wrote the second book. He was counting on people reading his book and being blown away that it would spark up some kind of interest to debate about this topic and get everyone back into comics, not just for the fun of it but also to gain the knowledge that McCloud has led us to in comics. What Horrock is doing while writing and giving everyone a break down of his book is re-educating the reader, so they can get a better idea of what McCloud's mission exactly is. 

1 comment:

  1. "Chauvinistic" means prejudiced against women :-)

    Reread your stuff a little more carefully ;-)

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