08 February 2010

Importance of Comics & Overall Thoughts on Book

In chapter nine, McCloud states how “comics are seen differently in everyone’s eyes.” This is how one can personalize comics in whichever way they like. The reader’s job is to “create something out of nothing.” The artist’s job is to create something visible with space in between, allowing readers to commit closure. Also McCloud goes on and ask two main questions. Why are comics Important? And why should we try to understand comics? He makes a claim that we as humans are Isolated. The only way to break isolation is through different ways of communicating which he calls mediums or bridges. Depending on how well and artist or writer has mastered his or her medium he or she is able to break out of that isolation and get his or her ides into the readers head to an extent. This is what he means when he states that in comics the conversation follow a path from mind to hand to paper to eye to mind. Then finally at the bottom of page 198 he starts to summarize the whole book to instruct the reader in how to understand comics. First is not judging the form or medium by its content.

So to put the whole book together I see now that closure is an important factor in communication and gaining human interest in comics. McCloud just wants readers to see that reading comics can be fun and exciting. Being able to use ones imagination to complete a story is what makes the story personalized. People, who rely on “faith” and the “world of imagination”, as McCloud states, will have more fun reading comics and enjoying many other things in life. Closure happens every day even without notice. Since closure is used every day, why not give the closure in comics a shot.


  1. I agree with you.. McCloud touched a lot thru this book and his understandings of comics and his beliefs has change my whole look on how we shouldnt limited how we educate ourselves.

  2. Good comment, Max.

    And good post, Yancy. I'd like to read more of your thoughts on the book overall (favorite parts, confusing bits, what you'll write your first paper on, etc.), but it's still good.