23 February 2012

To Grow Outward

      Introduction The Twelve Revolutions  and Understanding Comics both written by Scott McCloud. Both of the books seem to have a very different approaches on comics. In the Introduction McCloud starts by stating his love for comics and it runs much deeper in him then others who think they have a love for comics. He is wanting to make clear he is not like every other comic book fan who puts them away in plastic bags or in it for action figures or trading cards. McCloud is a comic book realist!
      During  McCloud's generation from 1984-1994 every professional comic book written agreed on certain common grounds such as Comics as Literature, comics as art, Creators rights, Industry Innovation, public perception, Institutional scrutiny, Gender balance, Minority Representation, Diversity of genre. Which made it easier to compete with other comic writers and it made the success of a comic book more than likely possible because everyone standards were the same. McCloud now hopes for the new generation to look at the glass half full than half empty on expanding in the comic world.
      The intro and understanding comics relate to one another by him simply wanting society to see the bigger picture on comics. He wants to make a point that comics should be highly respected by everyone and not just boys who like to read about superheroes. The two books differ from one another by McCloud seems to be putting more of his love and personal life with comics in the introduction. Then with Understanding Comics he is simply setting the readers up on the basics of comics of how they work, the background, closure and every space in between. Mainly Understanding comics set us up on how to understand the history of comics and prepares us to get a better grasp into the Introduction.
        I feel the Introduction The Twelve Revolutions is a very one sided opinionated book on comics, very bias. Understanding comics is something I could relate to more because McCloud was more open to what others had to say, like in the beginning of his book he was taking what others would say about his creation of the definition of comics. In the end McCloud leaves it up to the reader whether they want to take in what he is saying and go with it. McCloud simply wants us to grow outward in the adventurous world of comics.

1 comment:

  1. Late!

    Other than that, this is an interesting post. You seem to be going back and forth a bit, in the end. That's okay in a blog post, but you could clear it up a bit :-)