Chapter seven in Understanding Comics: the Invisible Art Scott McCloud tells us, “Art, as I see it, is any human activity which doesn’t grow out of either of our species’ two basic instincts: survival and reproduction.” He then gives us a short tale about a prehistoric male, and how it applies. He talks about how everything in our lives as humans that we do, is due to the instincts of survival and reproduction, whether it’s with a job/career or the “dating game”.
Then he introduces to us, a path consisting of six steps. The six steps being: idea/purpose, form, idiom, structure, craft, and surface. Without all of these six steps, the comic doesn’t really live up to its full potential. If it looks nice and appealing to the eye, it may catch the reader’s attention, but they will surely lose it if the comic is lacking in any other aspect, such as the storyline. There may be many people out there that think they have what it takes to create the next big comic, but in reality only few truly do.
In chapter seven in Understanding Comics, McCloud goes deeper into what a comic truly is. This time he explains the structure part of it more. He uses six steps: idea/purpose, form, idiom, structure, craft, and surface; all to combine in what we know as a legendary comic such as Spider-man. Although, if one of these key steps is missing from the staircase we call a comic, it will fall and you’ll be stuck in the basement with just doodles.