28 February 2012
What is going on??
I believe that Dylan Horrocks describes the aspects of what Scott McCloud is trying to get across in Understanding Comics. Horrocks points out that Scotts argument is referred to as simple one because more than the majority of those who have read the book are already within the comic book community or agenda. Which is true, but how many of us are actually in those groups? I can agree with this statement, simply because it can be difficult to get people to try new things, especially if have prejudice against them in the past. Which most people including myself are; because we feel that they are boring and not interesting at all? Horrocks also mentions that Scott is trying to move the reader’s attention away from the past history of comics and to look forward their future, as Scott did. He does this by using the form vs. content concept knowing the history of comic is an vital part of knowing what comics really are but they must have their own place. Scott McCloud focuses more on the reader, rather than the pure form of comics rather than their bad reputation to the public’s eyes. In order to understand this one must be capable of letting go of the past to full extent to look forward. Horrocks also points out that comics are more than just pictures and bad art. Each piece has a hidden power or invisible art to it. Horrocks also mentions that the most important aspect of Scott’s rhetoric is that he is trying to push one particular aspect of comic’s and that aspect is closure. I agree that closure is very important aspect of comics, but they are used in everyday life, and that’s what makes it so demanding in the gutters. Try to imagine living your life without closure, you won’t be able to complete your thoughts, I believe that when you’re thinking about the situation you must use closure to complete the process, and our world, or work would be half way done. Many people who read comics enjoy the excitement they get from panel to panel, while others are loyal to the novel medium and believe that they are the real pieces of literature, and well since the beginning of this class, I would rather read a comic than read a 900 page novel. Horrocks mentions that Scott argues that comics are just as important if not even more, because behind comics there lays a much deeper source of power than what novels possess. Comic books can be affected by what the artist feels, and how he feels towards any type of matter, and just like a novel comics can contain a deep detailed story, and most of these are found in the Japanese comic’s. These comics tend to be long and have taken months and maybe years to complete, because they are so detailed in every aspect. Not every comic is about the guys in tights fighting the bad guy who is trying to destroy or take over the world, they possess a much deeper meaning. Horrocks brings up that Scott is trying to broaden the world of comics and not just keep it confined by those outside the comic community. Scott has given speeches on the subject at conventions that seem to decrease in size each and every year, which is true because I’ve never even heard of a comic convention.