Understanding comics by Scott McCloud is “arguable the most important book in comic’s theory so far” says Dylan horrock. Horrock is the author of Inventing Comics: Scott McCloud’s Definition of Comics. He writes this to help break down McCloud’s book and understand how his logic works.
Horrock first gives a summary of chapter one of understanding comics were McCloud is trying to get rid of the stereotypes about comics and his definition on comics. He then argues McCloud’s solution is too separate form from content. Horrock argues that this makes the reader focus less on the embarrassing history of comics and more to the pure shiny form of comics.
Horrock then talks about McCloud’s definition on comics. McCloud uses the words sequential art which Horrock argues is important to McCloud’s logic because he believes in closure. He shows how McCloud changed the definition using Eisner’s concepts and rewriting it as a dictionary style definition. McCloud’s new definition is a mix of a new term that resembles a old term.
The world of comics is more like a community now were visionaries like McCloud have tried to untie the community into one single power nation. horrock gives pictures from McCloud’s book to show how McCloud uses diagrams, charts, globes were he can explain similarities and differences in the community.
McCloud’s “maps” is a way to help us see comics in a new way argues horrock. McCloud then expands his definition were he excludes single panel art as not comics. With his new definition and maps he goes back to the history of comics. Last he shows how comics are a important part of communication.
McCloud’s definition allows artist to go out of traditionally style of comics. horrock also explains how his definition and form is a vessel is a metaphor. McCloud does don’t explain are children books a comic and is interviewed on it. horrock challenges this in great detail.
horrock explains McCloud creation myth and then discusses the war between words and picture. Also the problem with words. He ends with final thoughts on McCloud’s book.
Horrock expose two problems in McCloud’s definition. The first is children books. He does not clear up this subject in his book and when interviewed his response was debatable and did not appeal to me. Also the single panel strips to McCloud are not comics because there are not sequential art and cannot show closure. Single panel strips are often found in newspaper with words under them. The words could offer closure by explaining the narrate of the story. McCloud does not cover this. Horrock argument was very detailed and had facts to support his claims. He used pictures from McCloud’s book to help explain better. Also he had references from a huge variety of sources which gave him credibility with me.