22 February 2012

Reinventing comics- Introduction

In reinventing comics, Scott McCloud discusses the hardships of comics and the barriers they will have to overcome to be on top once again. He says that comics had their prime in the 80's and early 90's but soon after hit a hardship and know one  cares about comics. Scott McCloud believes comics can overcome the hardship but first they have to prove they are more than the stereotype. They have to prove to be worthy of studying or reading, they have to be art, they have to be uncensored and have a good pay for creators, they have to have better serve the producer and the consumer, the public has to acknowledge change, for comics to be treated fairly, that comics can be unisex, that comics can appeal to a variety of ethnic groups, and they have a wide verity of genre. They had made a lot of this type of progress in the ten years they started to go down in sales. Comic’s biggest hurdle was from the academic public and from parents. Even though comics made great progress in the opening up to women most people still believe they are for little boys. For the most part comics have overcome the initial barriers; they are working hard to overcome the stereotyping. They just have two challenges they have to get through, the loss of new talent and the loss of new readers. In America there have always been new talent and people willing to work hard to re-create comics as we know them. The new generation of comics will do the same. Even when comics had limited genres, the artist were reinventing comics, there was even the underground had movement. Comics had new ideas that would not be published, when this happened comics would be sold to the public in secrecy.The only problem is being the one to lead a new revolution in comics often doesn't pay and when one comic becomes popular another dies. McCloud says there can only really ever be one or two popular styles at a time. McCloud wishes comics in the future have accomplished all that the creators have set out for and for comics to have more of long term readers, but that relays on all of society. He wants a place were comics are sold not action figures and when comic book stores have more then just superhero comics.  He wants comics to remember the past but not be stuck in it and to also be affordable.

Most of what McCloud has said in the introduction is related to understating comics. In this book McCloud talks about how comics need to have a good surface and they need new ideas, which was a big thing in understanding comics. In understanding comics he makes it very clear that there is a comic for everyone and in his new book he state that he still believes there is a comic for everyone by discussing the fact that he wants comics to break the genre and superhero barriers. I believe McCloud is making a lot of good points about comics and this book is taking a completly different turn with how the comic world kind of works. Im courious to see what the rest of the book will be like because in the introduction he has a lot of good points and he is starting the base for some good debates unlike in understanding comics. There wasnt much to debate with understanding comics, yes you could possibly say that you might not think that comics are and art form but that is about as far as the debate, if you know nothing about comics his point of veiw makes sense and most people dont argue with things that make sense.


  1. Great post!

    But you need to proofread a little more carefully. For instance, you begin your second paragraph with, "Most of what McCloud has said in the introduction is related to understating comics." What do you mean there? Are you talking about the act of "understanding comics" or the book Understanding Comics? That kind of changes the meaning of the entire paragraph :-)

  2. This is a really great post! But I disagree that there wasn't much to debate about in the first book Understanding Comics. I think McCloud did pave the way to a good debate, but people that did read his book weren't up to the challenge of continuing that debate. For example, McCloud ended the book by saying it was now our turn to keep the debate going.