13, February 2012
So Says McCloud!
Chapter seven of Understanding Comics the Invisible Art McCloud introduces his idea of what self-expression is, with a reference to the question of comics as an art. With these two concepts building upon one another the blueprint of what McCloud calls the path is laid out. The path which is then expressed in six steps which could arguably be applied to just about every aspect of the creative expression. The six steps are described initially with step one the idea or purpose for the commencing. Followed by step two, the form which can be seen as the tool. Step three the idiom or the category of the technique being demonstrated, also noted by McCloud maybe none existing. As with everything existing, there must be a structure, and in this case it serves as step four in his model.
The final stages which consist of step five, knowledge and innovation in concluding with structure the finished product, in often the visual aspect of what an individual actually perceives. Although McCloud paints a clear well rounded mastery of these methods one could say that this philosophy is very anecdotal as does the remainder of chapter which tries to further explain these concepts using hypothetical scenarios. McCloud sort of loosely dances around different variations of the order of the six steps, giving contrastive results depending on how they are compiled. The fact that McCloud isn’t very strict on these theories leads one to believe that he is intentionally leaving room for an individual to argue against his ideas in the foreseeable future.