22 February 2010

Inventing Comics

I believe that Dylan Horrocks describes very well the aspects and what Scott McCloud is trying to get across in Understanding Comics. Horrocks points out that Scotts argument is refered to as simple more because that the majority of those who have read the book are already within the commic book community or agenda. I agree with this statement simply because it can be difficult to get people in general to try new things. Horrocks also mentions that Scott is trying to move the readers attention from comics past history and to be looking more towards the future as he always did himself. He does this by using the form Vs. content. Knowing history is an important thing I believe but it also must have its place. He focuses the reader on the more pure form of comics rather than the bad history undermining the entire community. One must be willing to let go of the past to some extent to look toward the future for anything.

Horrocks also points out that comics are more than just pictures and bad art. Each piece has hidden power or invisible art to it, Horrocks points out. Horrocks mentions that the most important aspect that Scott is trying to get across to his reader is the aspect of closure. I agree that closure is very important in anything in life. Imagine anything without closure it would just feel incomplete. 216

Many people who read commics enjoy the depictions from pannel to pannel. Others whom prefer a novel say that novels are more efficient and more recognizable as a reading source of true literature. Horrocks mentions that Scott argues that comics are just as important if not even more. There is so much culture within a comic just as in books. Just like a novel comics also contain deep stories and meaningful characters. It is not just about the guys in tights fighting the bad guy who is trying to destroy or take over the world.

Horrocks brings up that Scott is trying to broaden the world of comics and not just keep it confined by those outside the comic community. Scott has given speaches on the subject at conventions that seem to dwindle each year. Scott still believes that comics age is far from over as we look to the future.


  1. I really glad you seemed to understand Horrocks' article; it can be difficult to understand at times. But you forgot the "free response" half of your post! What do you think of his analysis of McCloud's work?

  2. Nathan, your post was good however, you may want to re-read it because I was lost in most of what you were trying to say.