28 January 2012
26 January 2012
This chapter was really interesting. It helped me to understand why creators of comics do things the way they do them. I never really thought there was a reason for the transitions other then i thought the creator just wanted to add a little extra art into the comic. Its pretty cool how your mind can make a conclusion based off of on transition like an eye closing, you see and open eye and a closed eye but your mind adds in the extra steps giving you the closure he was talking about.
According to Kunzles definition, a comic has to have a sequence of images, more image instead of text, be mass produced, and have a moral whether it be good or bad. Scott McClouds definition states that a comic has to be pieces of art deliberately put in sequence, or side by side, in relation to space. Since this is only one frame, not several in sequence, then according to both definitions this is not a comic. It also violates Kunzles definition by having too much text and not enough picture. I am starting to wonder why a comic has to have more than one image to be classified as a comic. I understand that this part of the definition helps to slim the world of comics down, because if it wasn't there we would have to include almost every piece of art since the beginning of time. I think that this part of both definitions makes sense, but now I,m on the fence. Why can't these single images be comics too? We just need to keep pushing those boundaries. Just a little push will take me over that fence to the side where comics can be a single image if they want to be.
Not a Comic, but I kinda want it to be!!!
25 January 2012
In Chapter two of Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud starts off by analyzing a painting but according to him it is a printed copy of a drawing of a painting of a pipe. Doesn’t that sound bizarre? Well, McCloud then introduces the word ICON that he’ll be using to signify a person, place, thing or idea. He begins analyzing the difference between images and vocabulary, which is what this chapter is about. McCloud makes a point about how drawing and cartoons are so expressive even if they seem very abstract to our eyes. McCloud tries to get every point across by making it relatable to us and how we think.
McCloud talks about media’s and animations in America, Japan, Europe and the fact that in spite of them being extremely cartoonish we as readers find a few lines and dots reasonable. For example: a circle with two dots and one line represents a face regardless of the abstractness in them. He switches on to vocabulary and pictures. The two are related but yet very different as pictures are “received information” whereas reading is “perceived information”. If pictures are more abstracted from reality, they require greater levels of perception, which is equivalent to lower levels of perception when words are bolder and more direct. I don’t seem to disagree with McCloud at all as this is a wonderful way to relate each one to another. The Picture Plane table, reality and language are the three vertices he uses to represent the total pictorial vocabulary of comics or any visual art. He points out various characters based on their drawing styles, indicating a mix of characters and their environments. Towards the end he analyzes other comic book artists from the mid sixties, eighties and nineties. Based off from the earlier comic books he predicts that the twenty-first century will use more visual forms/iconography for universal communication. McCloud ends the chapter by stating McLuhan’s opinions of the only two medias he finds coolest are televisions and comics.
A picture is the most important factor of a comic. The main highlight of a comic has to be the pictures. And, Scott McCloud in chapter two is emphasizing on ICONS and how they communicate with the reader even if he/she isn’t literate. It is true that we need text in comics but McCloud has made pictures so appealing that it is almost like the vocabulary of a comic. In my opinion McCloud shone a totally new light for drawings in a comic book, expressing not just mere feelings but having the ability to explain beyond them. McCloud simplifies every point he makes by backing them up with examples and bizarre drawings.
23 January 2012
If you're a new student, this is where you'll be posting your thoughts on the various subjects we'll be studying this spring. Since your classmates will be doing the same, it will also be where you'll learn and exchange new ideas outside of the classroom. I'll also be posting from time to time with helpful links, important notices, and anything interesting I might find (click the link to see the kinds of stuff I've posted for past classes). On the right, I've already begun collecting links to other interesting bloggers, whose ideas might inspire or guide you in your ongoing research for this class. You'll also periodically find a poll, which I'll use to get your anonymous feedback on the course.
Even if you're just visiting our site, feel free to read and comment on our posts. Students have been asked to summarize the most important points of a reading and then "free think" about the piece. I'll be taking the best written/well thought out post of each week and re-posting it on my own blog, The Daily Pugle, and your feedback will be very helpful.
And whether you're visiting or not, here's our course syllabus:
You'll also find the "Labels" I use to organize the subject of our posts on the right. Simply click one you might be interested in, and every post on the subject will appear for your review. In any event, I hope you will find our class blog interesting and useful.
And now, a funny comic about blogging from XKCD. For bonus points, would David Kunzle classify this a comic? Scott McCloud?
Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?