28 February 2012

War of Opinion!

         Inventing Comics: Scoot McCloud’s Definition of Comics by Dylan Horrock verses Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud. Horrock definitely took an approach where if McCloud left any unfinished ideas, he takes the reins and finishes it for him with interest. Horrock is simply writing to show the audience the other side of McCloud’s brain. To get a better grasp of what McCloud is really saying and whether or not the readers want to still go with McCloud’s definition.
       Horrock’s beginning approach was to start with chapter one of Understanding Comics and narrow down that McCloud puts a blind fold over are eyes to not see what is really of comics. That McCloud only talks about and shows the readers glamour part of history on comics. Not all the faults in comic’s history which are important to know because the readers need to see both sides of the comic world. Then Horrock moves on to explain McClouds definition on comics is no different from Eisner’s definition of “sequential art”. McCloud just used the same definition and turned it into a dictionary definition form.

            Horrock also explains how McCloud draws the readers in most with pictures, graphs, grids and charts because it shows more credibility. McCloud seems to be the one most offensive about the stereotypes cast on about comics, that comics are nothing more than silly childish reading. That is where McCloud was not able to prove that otherwise because he did not explain the content but only the form of comics. McCloud seemed to skip a few things, but thing I think he could not even elaborate more on. For example McCloud doesn’t talk about children books or why single panels are not a comic.
          Now that I have read and seen both sides of what each author had to say, I have to go with Horrock. Don’t get me wrong I think McCloud wrote a great book but Horrock being able to take McCloud’s exact pictures from the book and analyze what is wrong with it, is pretty convincing. It makes you think what other flaws does the definition sequential art have? This is simply a war of opinion. It depends on which author convinced the readers more to take their and believe what they have been saying.


  1. I think this is really good . I couldn't believe we had all been tricked by McCloud

    1. This summary is just a jumble of random points from Horrocks' article, but they're not explained in context, so they're not complete.