09 June 2010

Chap 1/2

In the first chapter McCloud narrows down his audience of readers to creators of comics: first by defining comics as a sequence of images or ‘juxtaposed pictorial and other images in a deliberate sequence’. I agree with this definition in the aspect that it covers the basic concept but for those that really want to narrow it down the literal definition is provided. McCloud also states how comics are a medium supported by having many different ideas, writers, and trends excreta. I don’t deny this claim, but more so in the artistic aspect since being that different mediums in art relate to techniques such as watercolor, pen and ink, charcoal, and so on.

One of the claims in chapter two is when you break down the illustrations in comics. You can separate them from icons which are images that represent nouns. The illustrations however of the actual characters are easier for people to relate to because of the simplicity in those characters. I admire this only because it is true in the way we know a generalized placement of our features and unless we are looking in a mirror we do not realize what our face looks like in detail. In that way we can relate to the simplicity of those characters.


  1. I like the succinctness of your post, but remember to keep your personal opinions separate from your summaries.