17 March 2010

A Hopeful Growth Spurt Hangs In the Balance

The Introduction in the Twelve Revolutions by Scott McClould is about the future of comics. Scott begins with explaining his love for comics but overall his worries for the future of comics and comic writers. At a young age, McCloud had been interested in the future of comics and believed that all the diffrent genres and styles would once come together. McCloud then describes how comic's fast dramatic rise is popularity soon became an even bigger decline in today's society. Even though many comic artists have different views on goals for comics, "there is some common ground at least" (McCloud 10). McCloud lists nine similarities that comics share and have made progress on over the years. According to McCloud, even though comics have made some positive change in the past ten years, the most serious threats comics face today are new talent and new readers. Eventually new ideas will break out and will grow from one to another. This may make the movement last longer but may lead another visional movement to die out. McCloud states that his best hope for the future of comics is for comics to broaden its audience which will in turn establish more direct exchange of ideas and experiences between the reader and creator. After describing what McCloud will be discussing through the different parts of this book, he explains that comics have at least twelve directions they can grow toward. But the challenge is not for comics to move forward, but to grow outward.

This is a good beginning chapter for Scott McCloud's book. Even though he went into more detail than I thought imaginable in his first book, Understanding Comics: The Invisable Art, McCloud will go into even more detail in this book. But I think this book is more important than his past book because this one talks about the future of comics and ways to fix the destruction comics may face. I liked the start McCloud made and explained all the different subjects he will be ellaborating on. This is a good reading because McCloud states the problem and begins introducing his discussion on ways to fix it.

1 comment:

  1. This is an excellent post, Toni. In some ways, agree, this is a more important book for those who want to contribute to comics. His first book is just as important but to help people appreciate comics.