23 February 2012

Save the Comics!

In reading the Introduction: The Twelve Revolutions, by Scott McCloud, Scott begins the reading off with a little personal information about him self and introduces an important topic that he feels is an issue. The topic he mentions is how comic artists have been going unnoticed for a while now, since about the 90’s to be exact. The condition of comics are not going unnoticed. Wondering how much longer guys like him are going to be able to continue making comics for the business side of it is a mystery. Although Scott is what you may call a comics loyalist, all he wants is to be able to see comic’s full potential as well as his own.
Considering McCloud’s natural love for comics, he has never been in the comic business just for the fame or the fortune. Most comic writers are in it for just the reason. Making a profit out of the action figures, memorabilia, or even putting that plastic bag over one of your comics to be sold in the comic book stores is the exact problem with this era. Anyone can do anything just to have a job; eventually someone or something will come by and take your place. For example, movies have been taking over. Without the love for comics by the artists, readers tend to lose their interest.
McCloud is one out of many writers who still hold this love for comics.McCloud then goes into how most comic artists had a common ground for long term goals for art form. These goals included comics as literature, comics as art, creator’s rights, industry innovation, public perception, institutional scrutiny, gender balance, minority representation, and diversity of genre. Despite many setbacks, 1984-1994 was definitely a time of progress shown. Through this time many lessons were learned, for example, the official scrutiny of academia turned increasingly to comics during that era.
Scott then began an argument about media and comics. All the technology that is available now is causing a huge problem for comics and the production value. Just because the television is booming now-a-days doesn’t mean comics need to become undercover. In fact, going back to how it starts with the comic writers, I bet there would be a huge difference if the writers were doing it out of love.
At the end of the day, the writers cannot be blamed for it all. We as readers should do a better job at purchasing comics and helping the comic world out. If we do a better job at this, maybe, just maybe, the world of comics can come back to life and become re-popular. McCloud gets his point a crossed clearly. The ins and outs of comics in the timeline of the past couple centuries have gone up and down drastically. Hopefully we can help change this for the brighter future of comics!

1 comment:

  1. This starts as a very detailed summary, B--maybe a little too detailed; you get very close to quoting McCloud without using quotes at one point. Careful there; that's plagiarism.

    And where's your response about the connection to UC?