28 February 2012

Another perspective, to Make us Wonder...

After reading Dylan Horrocks Inventing Comics it really opens your eyes, and makes you realize, Was I naïve to believe everything McCloud had to say about comics in his book Understanding Comics. McCloud does a very good job on satisfying his readers, and this is why Horrocks journal was so interesting, because he questioned some of the things McCloud had to say, and even proposed that his definition lacking, and could possibly hold back comics from meeting its full potential. Horrock proves his points by pulling out comic strips from McCloud’s book, and then breaking it down to explain how McCloud could possibly be manipulating readers.
The beginning of Horrocks journal praises how McCloud’s book was one of the most important books published about comics, and then he goes on to proposing that maybe McCloud isn’t informing us completely about all aspects of comics, he is just telling the readers the definition and different elements of comics, he basically is telling the readers what they want to hear. Horrack seems to agree with most of what McCloud has to say about the definition of comics, but he does make it clear that there are small problems with the definition, and that he stole the definition from Eisner, where in reality, he only took Eisner’s idea, and expanded on it. The reason that Horrock hinted that McCloud could be manipulating the readers is because he knows that most of his audience is uneducated in comics, so majority of people will believe anything McCloud has to say because they don’t know any better.
I think that Horrack accurately depicted the message that McCloud was trying to get across in the book Understanding Comics , and that was to get the definition of comics out there, because the previous definitions were very stereotypical, even Horrock believes that the widely known stereotypical definition of comics was that they are is cheap, poorly drawn, and childish, and that’s all they will ever be. This journal was important to read because you need multiple perspectives, and as readers we want to believe everything McCloud has to say because of the fact that we are not educated in comics, so Horrack opened up the possibility there are more to comics then what McCloud wrote in Understanding Comics.

1 comment:

  1. Your summary is much to short, Kayla; there's so much more to the reading.