26 August 2009


Scott McCloud, the author of Understanding Comics addresses his definition of comics, it’s history, missing links, and what is not apart of the definition. At the beginning of Chapter 1 Scott McCloud begins by breaking down a comic and defining it for us. His definition of a comic is a juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence. The second thing he talks about is the history of comics that date back as late as 1519. He talks about pre-Columbian picture manuscript, the Bayeux Tapestry of the Norman Conquest, Egyptian Paintings, and Europe’s take on comics. William Hogarth made a six-plate picture story that presented a very detailed story and addressed strong social concerns. Another artist named in Understanding Comics is Lynd Ward, Scott McCloud describes him as a missing link in comic book history because of the negative light comics book have shed upon them. Lynd Ward, created modern fables that are seen by comics artists as comics, but not recognized as comics by others. Lastly Scott McCloud talks about what is not apart of the definition. A few of the things he has mentioned about what is not apart of the comic book definition is superheros, fantasy, reader age, printing process, technical pens, materials, or funny animals. Comics could have any or none of those things in them as long as they are a juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence.
In my opinion I enjoyed Scott McCloud’s reading better then David Kenzel’s, but I think that they address the same issues. What I got out of reading Scott McCloud’s reading is that in different cultures people used comics in a way to communicate their way of life and preserve knowledge of times that should be remembered. Again, I think this is another argument against the saying that, “comics are for children, not for adults.” I think, in the two readings I’ve read about the history of comics, they have made it clear that comics were not made solely for children, but for adults, as well.
My definition of comics were that they were made for children, had to have pictures, and they had to have superheroes in them. Reading another book about comics made me feel that I had no idea about comics and what they were about. One of the first things mentioned that do not have to be in the comics is superhero’s and that ruled out one third of my definition of comics. That made me laugh…


  1. Great post, Amanda! Too bad it's late :-P

  2. I agree with amanda when saying she thought that comics were for children and that after reading this book i felt very wrong in my definition. I think Scott McCloud opened alot of eyes when writing this book. Alot of people that did not read comics may have a better understanding because of him and this book. they still might not read them however they may have a better understanding of what they are about