31 January 2010

Chapter 4 & 6

In chapter 4, Scott McCloud writes about time frame. In this chapter, he considers time as a rope and each inch of the rope as a second. I agree with Scott when he writes that we "readers" have been conditioned by photography to perceive single images as single moments. Later on in the chapter he talks about "Motion Line" which when i think about is one of the most basic feature of comics. Without motion line it would be pretty tough to figure out time frame and the motion of the frame in comics. Scott shows various comparisons of motion lines in various comic books and artists. Finally talks about sound or motion.
In chapter 6, Scott McCloud writes about words and pictures. He writes that art and literature are better off together. And whenever you see them together it is during commercialism. He writes how pictures and words didn't go together before and we clearly can see that in the German Comic from 1400s. Later on, he writes how words and pictures combined in comics. He distinctly categorizes the ways pictures and words go hand-in-hand in comics. When Scott writes that words and pictures are like partners in a dance and each one takes turns leading, it could not have been said in any better words. It is absolutely true, if a comic book just had pictures then it would not have been anything less but a drawing book and same goes for a book with just words.
I am getting a feeling that Scott McCloud is a weird dude. I would like to meet him. I googled up his name and saw his photograph, that dude looks like Bill Gates. He sure has brains like Bill Gates but in a different field i.e. comics.


  1. I agree with the time being a rope and what it represents. I did not think of it like that. I thought that both chapters were interesting and had different perspectives on how he communicates his point of view. But I can see your understanding also in the terms he speaks of. Very interesting perspective. Good Job.

  2. Good comments, Rayna.

    Your post is also a little short, Kabir. But that's partly due to how succinct your summaries are. You should definitely go into more detail. For example, it's not enough to just say, "Finally [he] talks about sound or motion." What does he say about sound or motion?

    Also, proofread more closely, and however much you might want to meet Scott McCloud, never refer to someone you don't know by their first name :-) But I'm glad you Googled him; check out his blog!