02 October 2009

Yet Another Peak? Eventually Maybe?

Comics reaching its full potential…that’s the main topic of Scott McCloud’s introduction to the Twelve Revolutions. Will comics always stay in the state of being condemned and pushed aside due to stereotypical opinions? Or is this a nonpermanent condition? McCloud’s comics, at least his own, weren’t meant to be put in plastic bags, traded for action cards, or to be the “stepping stone” to getting him into Hollywood or to huge fame. His comics are meant for the sole purpose of full potential, both comics’ and his own. And there’s not one genre alone that makes the difference in comics. Each and every sort play a tremendous role in their overall stereotype and make, each “a piece of the puzzle” as Mr. Scott McCloud put it. Artists started to branch out, making comics which would reach every aspect of life. Some were fictional, leaving imagination for just how strong superheroes actually were, while others discussed topics that their readers could actually relate to. From the mid 1980’s to the mid 1990’s, McCloud’s first ten years of creating comics, they were quite popular, all genres included. But that time, instead of being just the beginning, was in fact “the peak” of these strips. Over the next four years (’94-’98), retailers began to shut down, which put a lot of creators and artists out of business. Although the goals of comics wasn’t always the same, some general ideas were indeed agreed upon: 1.) Comics can be and are a form of literature, 2.) Comics contain art just as significant as would be the “Mona Lisa” or a statue of Saint Anthony, 3.) The creators have the control, 4.) Comics contribute to both the producer and the customer, 5.) Progress in comics should be recognized as it is made, for one day they could meet their true, full potential, 6.) Comics can be treated equally, 7.) Comics are not only made and appealing to males, 8.) Comics do not only intrigue Caucasian males 9.) Comics have the capability of going anywhere, reaching any aspect of this world, going beyond the typical genres of adolescence and power fantasies.

I thought it was pretty cool how McCloud kept himself the same as far as artwork in this book. I can also see how he has the opinion that as comics begin to reach their full potential, which they can and will, he himself will begin to reach his own. A lot of lessons were taught and learned by those in the comic industry as they have witnessed both the rises and peaks. This intro could have been a chapter in his old book, considering it discussed the same issue of comics not getting enough recognition and respect.

1 comment:

  1. I really like your summary--well done. But what about the last three Revolutions? In any event, I like how you see McCloud's book as as much a learning experience for himself as the reader. He's definitely that kind of teacher, and those are often the best.