Not Just Child’s Play

Scott McCloud’s comic on understanding comics is one of the more creative pieces I’ve read. It was neat to read a comic that explained its own purpose and structure. Scott does a great job at engaging the reader and offering insight to the logistics of comics that people probably didn’t think about. Behind the curtain one finds that comics are structured with the reader in mind as well as what is aesthetically pleasing. His brief history on how comics have evolved, from murals and paintings of the B.C. era to modern day comics a long road of story-telling through the use of pictures has occurred. Comics didn’t always have pictures and it was interesting to see the connection between such early works and todays comics.

Scott also expands on the use of vocabulary and how important actual word choice is in a comic and its success at keeping the reader interested.  Next Scott discusses the importance of the cartoons in comics. His point of how using a simplified image allows the brain to interpret the image in a way that is general and involves imagination was an excellent point that explains how important the images are. Both the image and words used are integral parts in making a comic what it is and each are necessary to convey the proper message to the reader.

Comics are in important part of both literature and art that should not be ignored or overlooked because of their juvenile audience. Although kids aren’t the only ones that read comics they are often perceived as who comics are meant for. Despite this comics offer a range of lessons and morals, through stories that engage everyone. They are a serious discipline that come with rules for creating the best kinds of comics that constantly draw their readers back in. McCloud does a great job in analyzing why comics are as effective as they are and what makes them this way.

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