07 February 2010

Chapter nine cleared up on everything that Scott McCloud had stated in the previous chapters. Scott starts off this chapter by describing the human condition. He states that people have a hard time showing their thought to others. But with certain mediums this can be overcome. As Scott continues his closing arguments he states how the creators of ever medium, such as film maker’s musicians and artist, comics are the easiest way to get your point across. Scott tells us that this is accomplished by the comic artist’s iconic symbols and real life backgrounds make it easier for the reader to place himself or herself into the characters position. In this viewpoint readers become or at least relate to the characters. Next Mr. McCloud moves on to the subject of comics through history. He tells us that comics are available to have many different genres and styles such as realist, iconic, abstract, or dramatic, funny ext. on the next subject of this chapter Scott describes the main hindrance on comics which are profits. All the major corporations want to make large amounts of money so they skimp on the quality of the comics visually and literacy wise. Finally Scott closes by telling us that he has learned a lot in creating this book but there is so much more to learn.

This book was jam packed with facts about comics, but was made fun to read with the comic style that Scott used. If I were to read this book in the traditional form I doubt that it would be as interesting nor would I have understood the books meaning. I also liked the way Scott out comedy into his book. The slight humor in this book does not tarnish the seriousness Scott requires to prove his point. The chapters covered everything that the skeptics have argued about. Especially the chapter where Scott shows art from 5,000 years ago are the same as many comics. All in all I really enjoyed this book from cover to cover. I think that Scott’s skills as a comic artist are only rivaled to his skill as a writer. I am very interested in reading another book from him or seeing a comic book that he has written and drawn.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post, Tim! But where's you title? And didn't we talk about referring to authors by their first name in class ;-)