23 February 2012

Fighting for Comic-Civil Rights, Analyzing the Introduction to Re-Inventing Comics

The past couple of weeks we have been analyzing and pondering the many ideas that Scott McCloud presents in his very descriptive informational graphic novel “Understanding Comics; the Invisible Art”. As we move on towards bolder and broader ideas, Scott McCloud goes on to talk about the future of comics. This may be a broad subject to discuss, and believe me after reading 30 pages and made the assessment that this was very important, it's something that must be discussed if we wish to continue to enjoy comics. In the introduction, Scott McCloud divides the issues or rather the revolutions in to nine categories that present the issues which could endanger the livelihood of such a medium. These nine goals presented by Scott McCloud are intended to read through and restore the popularity of comics. This is only touching the subject on the very vague and superficial manner, and I will elaborate further on each of these subjects to give you an idea of what Scott McCloud is trying to reiterate to us.

First and foremost, cloud addresses the argument of comics and literature. This argument stems from the neglects and lack of educational interest by academia. When I say academia I mean teachers, professors, philosophers, and theorists about. More and more people returned her realize that comics can be utilized as an efficient median to present any sort of information not with artistic flair, but artistic guidance Then again can't come up with appeal to any audience, regardless of age, sex, gender. This idea leads me to another one of his topics, though not in order. His eighth standpoint deals with the issue of the mindless neglect to include main characters of another denomination other than Caucasian. I never noticed this and so I looked into the past Marvel comics that all seem to contain a very chiseled and each very white superhero. The only severe as I can recall of another culture or Black Panther and Iron Fists (and that comment is very recent). These ideas blend more and more as he discusses the limited appearance of women as main characters and comics, which has been overlooked for quite some time in my opinion.

Scott McCloud goes on to argue that comic's should be appreciated as part a useful educational medium as well as a habit-forming past time. Most people think there is no educational value to a comic book, but Scott argues that not only do comics show social issue, but can be altered and presented in a form of a historical media that can appeal to younger audience. This idea ties into his ninth philosophy about trading in abundance of different genres instead of limiting them to stories of super humans. He also tries to show his audiences that he switches the public's perception on comic books and we persists to buy more and more comics, we could not only learn more about it for our economy. These coalescing ideas blend perfectly together and you present issue that I've noticed in comics when I have read them in previous years. Scott McCloud's theory of bettering the world through comics and vice versa proves to be not only interesting but almost factual in a sense, though it’s not. It could be argued that there still is a fairly large audience that reads, works daily or that issues of minority and gender have nothing to do with the usefulness of comics as a medium, but I can't follow through with those arguments. After reading a fair selection of Scott McCloud's work, I has not only been persuaded of further fascinated in this form of expressions known as comics even more than I was before.


  1. This is a great post, Rob!

    But where's your response relating RC to UC?!

  2. I overlooked that because I was lazy with my writing, my fault.