09 February 2010

Will you ever understand comics?! The end...

"So why is this medium we call comics so important?" That is how McCloud begins his final chapter. He then goes on by saying that, how in comics the conversion of senses back into thoughts follows a path from mind to hand to paper to eye to mind. He explains how the medium of comics, still to this day is one of the very few forms of mass communication in which individual voices still have a chance to be heard. The form of comics welcomes any artist willing to get involved and to step into the world, that critics so usually tend to spit on. The form of comics and communication mix as one, and it is our responsibility to see comics not from preconceived notions but from the very beginning. We must start from step one and unveil and discover, for ourselves what comics provide. Therefore we must not listen to the criticism that comics so often receive. In order to get a full understanding of them we must see the medium for what it really is, McCloud explains, which is a sight-based medium, and filled with visual iconography. The world of comics includes "the full range of pictorial styles from realistic representational art to the simplest cartoons, and the invisible world of symbols and language." As comics have evolved, they have demanded viewer involvement and identification. They have captured realism to the most uncomplicated form of stick figures. Through the mastery of closure the visible and the invisible is at the very pinnacle of comics. As readers we create something out of nothing. McCloud then goes on by explaining how that nowhere is the balance between the visible and the invisible more recognizable than in pictures and words, which gradually developed over 5,000 years ago. He ends the chapter strongly by saying as comics grow we will soon see the truth about them, that has for so long been hidden from us!

Wow! Am i glad that we are through with this instructional, revealing, enlightening but BORING book. I gained a lot of knowledge through McClouds novel. He maintained his points, and got them through, without any contradiction in my opinion. The books form was awesome, and more interesting to read. Rather than a regular novel filled with tiny words and no pictures what so ever. I gained knowledge on the overall medium, the frames, how important closure is, the meaning of words and illustrations combined, panels, the gutter, how sound, words and pictures all affect time. I now have a new vision on comics and what they are. How educating they can be and how difficult some forms actually are. I am totally against societies critique on the overall medium, and oppose it greatly. Comics can be fun but at the same time they are a great learning tool, and take a great deal of involvement from a reader. They are far from easy, but yet entertaining and understandable.

1 comment:

  1. This is a pretty good post. But watch out for what Ch. 2 in They Say / I Say calls the "closet cliché syndrome. You're falling into that with your summary. I don't think McCloud is telling us to ignore the criticisms that comics garner. After all, he spends a lot of time criticizing them himself; that's the only way they'll grow.

    Also, be sure your proofread more closely. You have a few unclear parts.