When I was younger having been the middle child of three girls, you could assume we would grow to be like our mother very ‘girly’. No one could have possibly predicted that our early age hobbies would included collecting pokemon cards, scanning through comic books and enjoying ”high risk sports”. But at such young age we never really gave much thought to the meaning of comic books and different kinds of narratives. I simply liked it, i also never gave much thought to where it originated or how comics really affected society. The introduction to Chute & DeKoven’s Graphic Narrative is nothing more or less than an insight through comic narrative history and how it impacted society.
According to Chute and DeKoven, “The language of comics—that comprises the verbal, the visual, and the way these two representational modes interact on a page.” At first i didnt really understand this statement. Comic books are widely known being easy books as there is normally very little limited text to be read. So when it mentions that a comic compromises on the verbal and the visual, i was not sure i agreed. Sure you can look at a comic see superheroes at the scene of the action and know what is happening, but verbal or written word has little to do with the message a comic sketch has.
Then i thought i would not look at this as if I’m an adult analyzing a narrative rather than a child enjoying the adventures of a comic book. When i was young i remember seeing everything in a worms-eye view as i think most of us did, we believed what we saw. the text that we were reading was easy enough to read, but what was enchanting was the power of a single word on a page.With a single word our worms-eye imagination took over a visually and verbally set up an exiting story. Storytelling has become culturally and historically composed of verbal and visual images that have influenced people since their youths. And i now agree the importance of both elements. Since if you think back now those comic books such as spiderman, and the hulk never really left us as each person gee into adulthood. For example every few years you see another reboot of the superman, or spiderman franchise. And i for one always is eager to integrate myself in the 120 minutes of visual narrative.