McCloud explains how as children we are required to use pictures and words to learn how to communicate. It is normal to our society to only do this as children as long as we eventually grow out of it. In the future we are required to communicate without pictures. Learn how to use only words to make sense of things. We forget what pictures used to do for words and the life they brought to them. A comic is one form that brings art and literature together which is why the stereotype views comics as childish. McCloud explains how using pictures can allow the creators to use less formal language and vise-versa. If pictures and words can come together and work in perfect harmony then they can create meaning in one of the greatest forms ever. Picture a man dancing in the rain with him saying “Yes!” The picture of the man was brought to life by using one simple word. Or the creator can have a man in the rain smiling and waving his hands in the air, thinking “I finally did it, now I can dance.” The simple picture was brought to life by using words. This is what McCloud is trying to prove during this chapter.
During my Introduction to Art class we learned about how a priest from Rome stripped an entire church of its painting because he claimed they were distracting peoples focus from the bible. People argued that the art brought life to the words; and the combination of words and art could bring the past of their faith to a visual reality. This proves that this argument has been going on for a long time. Why can’t words and pictures work together to bring meaning visualization? This priest obviously had no appreciation for art and no appreciation for what pictures can do for words. This is why comics have such a hard time blooming into their full potential, because people have the same belief as the priest did words and pictures cannot work together. How long has it been since you read a book with pictures? Society has brainwashed us into thinking that pictures are childish. The world of comics will never reach its prime with this kind of beliefs. Words and pictures can work together to show and tell a story together.