07 February 2010
In this final chapter, McCloud, starts off by telling us that no one can fully understand what it’s like to be you. Comics, movies, music, and writing are all mediums that one person tries to communicate to another person. Most of the time, the final product is not even close to the original idea but I guess the difference between a good and poor quality comic is how much of the original idea is still in the final product. To understand comics you must first clear your minds of all the stereotypes about them. Looking at ancient comics and studying the evolution can be the key to comics' future. McCloud explains comics for the last time by pretty much summing up all the topics he's talked about in the previous chapters. He brings up closure, realistic and simple art, as well as time and space. Today, comics use these things better than ever but it is always changing. I know exactly what McCloud is talking about when he says that it's hard to get what's in your head onto a paper exactly how you imagined it. I know exactly what he means when he says that no other person can put themselves in your shoes and feel exactly what you feel. McCloud says that a big part of understanding another person is understanding the medium. I know that I don't completely understand comics now that I finished this book but I at least understand it a little more. I don't think I'll try to discover the future of comics either but at least now I can appreciate this form of communication more now. What a great way to end a book. I think McCloud did a great job of selling the idea that comics are art. I didn’t always agree with his methods, but the end result has made me see that comics are a valid art form, and I think they should be better respected in the art world.