23 February 2012
Focus on the future!
McCloud paints the reader a picture of a pretty oasis that was the comic book industry before 1994. The industry was on the rise, but eventually peaked out, leading to a steep and violent downhill fall. The number of comic artist that actually made fiscal gain was a shrinking group, despite the uncertainty of the future of comics; the artists never forgot that comics are meaningful literature. They are a powerful form of art work. The creator of the comic has all the power and takes all the risks involved. The industry of comics can be recreated to better accommodate the reader and creator. The general negative opinion of comics can be swayed in their favor. Also comics have to capability to carry any genre. Before the decline of comics, there was a revolution. Different genres and styles were being created, and the amount of diversity that comics have is their future. The ability to be constantly innovated and continually grow allows the medium to reach a greater audience. Comics have reached another point where revolution is vital. Comics must search for solutions to its current problems and this journey will guarantee the future of comics is a bright one. The concept that comics are gifted with the ability to be great art and great literature simultaneously, reminds me of chapter 3 from Understanding Comics. McCloud brings up how comics are unique in the fact that they involve closure. Closure is completed on a daily basis, but comics use it in a way that makes reading interactive. And like how closure makes comics a “hands on activity” the future of comics, which McCloud says is his main focus, is all based on people’s willingness to actively look for answers to end the decline comics is suffering. I think I enjoy comics because they do not exclude any one person; McCloud implores people to read comics for that exact reason.