25 August 2009

My Adventure of Understanding Comics

In the introduction of Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud explains his personal history of comics and how people made fun of him for liking comics. He would try to explain but people failed to understand comics, they defined comics as being to narrow. But a proper definition might give lie to all the stereotypes and like Scott McCloud says, "show the potentail of comics is limitless and exciting."
Comic artist use the term sequencial art when describing comics. Meaning two or more pictures in a sequence which is then transformed into the art of comics. But then Scott McCloud starts to add more words to defining comics, which I never knew that defining comics could be so deep. He adds the words juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, and then he relates it to comics and this is what we get. . . Comics are juxtapose pictorial and other images in deliberate sequences intented to convey information and/or to produce an aesthetic response in the viewer.
Nobody knows where or when comics originated. The Bayeax tapestry, Egyption painting, Greek columns, Japanes scrolls have all been considered and researched to be comics. But there is one invention in the history of the world that set comics free and that is the invention of the printing press. With this invention now everyone had an opportunity to enjoy it, where as before only the rich and powerful could afford.
The father of modern comics is Rodolphe Topffer. He made satiric picture, stories including cartoons, and even panel boards. His stories included the first independant combination of words and pictures seen in Europe. But as sad as it may seem Topffer never grasped the full potentail of his invention because he simply called it his hobby.
On the last few pages Scott McCloud talks about the potental of comics and how we see them in our everyday lives.
For the most part I really enjoyed reading Understanding Comics. I came to understand a little bit more about comics and their true potential. I learned about the definition of comics and what it intells for it to be a comic. I liked how he gave a breif history of comics and how he then related it back to the definition of comics. I learned how comics are everywhere for example instructions, diagrams, are comics and even stained glass windows are. I learned that trying trying to define comics is an on going process, and thus far I have enjoyed it and am looking forward to learning more about it.
Stephanie DeVisser


  1. I too thought it was pretty interesting how stained glass windows and instructions are technically comics, although not considered to be. I think it will be exciting to start defining comics in our own sense, using our own terms. It'll be interesting to view the opinions of others and their takes on the definition and perspectives of comics.

  2. Steph, this is a great post! The only thing I would say is to make sure you put the author's words in quotes to separate them from your own. Otherwise, you're saying they belong to you: plagiarism.