30 January 2012

The Theology of Comics

Montel Morris
English 112
29, January 29, 2012

The Theology of Comics

Chapter three of Understanding Comics The Invisible Art takes a more intricate approach in furthering the concept of how we understand comics. Author Scott McCloud delves into what most individuals would not care to think about or pay attention to when they’re reading a comic. The focus has been placed on the reader’s involvement when they perceive what has been drawn.  McCloud once again also gives the reader a glimpse of how he observed life around himself as a child and how it applies to comics. During his explanation of observation, McCloud emphasizes the role of human senses when reading comic panels. Detailing the lesson of what is being conveyed, he uses an outline approach to illustrate the six panel to panel transitions associated with comics and the type of closure the viewer experiences in-between each of the six described.
Throughout this annotation he picks back up on the topic discussed in chapter two to foster conclusion on the subject of various iconic and non iconic drawing styles. Reverting back to his original thought as a child, but only this time as an adult cartoon of himself, using it as a metaphor to have faith in what he is trying to convey. Blood in the gutter has to the most interesting chapter thus far. The description of closure provided great insight into what is actually occurring within our minds when were reading a comic. I never really paid much attention to the involvement of my imagination, because I’ve always been preoccupied with visual aspect of the images. Taking this in account out of sight out of mind doesn’t necessarily apply in response to closure.                  


  1. This is well-written, Montel, but it's a little vague. Your summary needs to get into more of the specifics about closure and how it works. And separate and expand your own opinion from your summary.

    1. Also, I'm not sure what your post has to do with theology :-/