22 February 2012


Sean Sanchez

                                                  McCloud and Kunzel

 In the introduction to reinventing comics the author Scott McCloud argues that comic’s appreciation in American is declining. Scott McCloud does not use comics as a way to became rich or famous. He also does not base his comics on any specific genres.  McCloud only wants comics to be able to reach their full potential.

As a kid McCloud was always interested in comics and explored the different types of styles of comics.  During his time making comics professionally the business was at its peak. During 1994 to 1998 comics saw a decline in profit. The hopes for comic’s future were misplaced but McCloud argues “or were they”.

All comic professionals agreed on 9 principals which were comics are literature, comics are art, creators rights, industry innovation, public perception, institutional scrutiny, gender blend, minority representation, and diversity of genres. Even during the decline all these saw improvement and some even won major recognition with awards.

The newer threats of comics include new talent and the loss of new readers. People who were still making comics in the nineties helped progress new talent to explore comics in broader details. Artists began challenging and exploring comics in a new way. Even with comic’s becoming limited in genres some artist found ways to “break out”.

McCloud argues that for comics to reach their full potential they must expand into areas from the past and present styles of comics. Comics are an important genre like movies, tv, ect that help us view the world and our environment better.

McCloud then explains what he believes the future of comics could look like. He believes that the challenge for comics is not to move forward but to grow outward.

McCloud introduction does one particular thing that I noticed. He began to use strips of other comics to explain and give examples to help the reader understand better. Also under the strips was the name of that comic(ex.Winsor McCay’s little nemo in slumberlan p.14). This subconsciously makes the reader aware of different types of comics and makes them interested to read more comics.

Comparing McCloud to David Kunzle perspective on comics there are similarities and difference. McCloud says “comics may never attain the popular height of the moving images (tv movies) but doesn’t have too. He believes that they still one of the more important part of the world. Kunzle believes this also He says “of all the lively arts, the comic strip is the most despised, and with the expectation of movies, the most popular. Kunzle believes that comics have a social importance to the world.   The only difference is kunzle believe it is the most popular while McCloud believes the appreciation for comics is declining.




1 comment:

  1. "All comic professionals agreed on 9 principals".

    Where does McCloud say this? This next bit, however, is an excellent observation.

    "He began to use strips of other comics to explain and give examples to help the reader understand better. Also under the strips was the name of that comic(ex.Winsor McCay’s little nemo in slumberlan p.14). This subconsciously makes the reader aware of different types of comics and makes them interested to read more comics."

    And comparing McClou'd view to Kunzle is very astute. All in all, well done. Just proofread more closely ;-)

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