01 March 2012

McCloud Mind Fucked Us All!


Oka so Dylan Horrocks wrote “Inventing Comics: Scott McCloud’s Definition of Comics” in 2001, ten years after Scott McCloud wrote his book “Understanding Comics the Invisible Art” to further the discussion of understanding of comics and what they are. In his book Horrocks points out to his audience that McCloud has a lot of good information but he has no sources. Yet because McCloud writes his book so well that whether his audience knows about comics or not they can be easily persuaded as to what comics should be or what they should not be and what should and should not be valued as comics but we do not realize this. So basically Horrocks is showing his audience that McCloud is having us view comics the way he does and value the things he values in comics.

So taking McCloud’s definition of comics for instance, in his book he makes his definition of comics look like an actual definition thus tricking his audience into believing that is the definition that you will find in a dictionary. Now his definition is of comics is sequential art, Horrocks believes that McCloud does this because it ties to closure, the hidden power of comics. Horrocks points out that McCloud does not give an argument as to why we should see sequential art as one definitive element but McCloud seduces us with the beauty of closure which Horrocks finds convenient because closure is what McCloud seems to rally value. So now because we know McCloud’s definition of comics, when we talk about comics we are actually talking about sequential art, or when we see art that is side by side panels we say that they are comics because of closure.

So Horrocks pointed out that McCloud, in other words, poisoned are minds into thinking about comics the way he does and persuaded us into thinking and sequential art is the definition of comics. McCloud practically implanted thoughts and ideas into our minds without us knowing it and allowed us to think that it was us who thought of it or put them together.

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