—> add on*

•February 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This is an extension of the last post “Panels/Walls/Boundaries”…

McCloud references iconic images as a solution to understanding comics.. what we don’t see is engraved in our brains which completes the puzzle of the comic strip.  It is interesting to think of the things we don’t see as finishing the story.  We understand more with the less that we see.  Page 68 emphasizes the imagery that finishes our thoughts or completes the pictorial.  In comparison, on page 85 McCloud speaks of finding the balance of too much and too little.  What does the reader know and understand.  This has a lot to do with the icons you know and the words that portray an action (much like the words ‘Thank You’ on the swinging door posted on trash cans, this is thanking us for throwing out or trash but it is also telling us what those boxes are for, we somehow combine the two without ever considering what else the box could otherwise be).

Page 128 tells us about the picture that isn’t a picture anymore, more of a visual metaphor, or a symbol.  This is an interesting concept because everything seems to be a symbol.  All around us we see words, signs, and patters that evoke a different thought or interpretation.  This entire book is separated by chapters yet it is all together in the fact that comics are a combination of what we know as symbols and artistic interpretation.

I am excited to keep learning.. *NERD*



•January 31, 2010 • Leave a Comment

So I was reading the latest post on Andy’s wall and decided to have my say.  We were all influenced culturally as children with comics in the Sunday paper (the only thing I “read” until I found the word jumble) and comics around us in magazines or books.  Personally.. I hated reading those comics.. They took forever and I never understood exactly what was happening.  I think that I was the kid who flipped through those pages just to look at all the pictures.. occasionally seeing “pow” or “bang” in an entire panel box.

It is interesting to see what boundaries we set for ourselves while choosing to read one thing versus another.  Why are comic books harder to read compared to one comic strip.  The story lies within 3 boxes.. which is amazing, creatively.  It’s hard enough to think of a story plot without having to think about the limitations in to which you are drawing/writing the story.  What do people see and connect with something they may know.  Can we assume that everyone knows that two fingers held up in a ‘v’ shape translates to ‘peace’ or that tipping your hat when greeting someone means ‘hello’.  What are the limitations to icons?  McCloud talks about the sounds that we think we can hear when we read the word “POW” in an explosion bubble (just thought of that, thank you).  It is interesting to see the boundaries set by the words or the emotions that we think we are interpreting.  Comics are a very intriguing art form with limitations in each setting, timing each phrase, and emotionally grasping the concept that is trying to present itself.

Lately getting my thoughts across without sounding like “B*TCH” has been difficult.  Maybe I should start drawing and leaving comics around, no more words, just letters that form words, that form sentences, that connect to a drawing.  Hmm..


•January 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I took this class thinking, Oh! a fun, artsy, comical.., English class is exactly what I need this semester… Well, I was right?  I am posting my first blog ever and feel so accomplished!  I love writing so maybe I could get into this.  I also love drawing but am not the next van Gogh or Monet (clearly I would be in Eastern Europe perfecting my skill if I was)… I mean let’s be honest, that interpretation of what a comic means to me at the end of last class took a total of 2 minutes and it reflected 2 minutes worth of work. But, what do I really expect out of this class?  I expect to learn about the Green Lantern…he’s a super-hero right? I also expect to figure out those comic strips that don’t come with the word bubbles and thought clouds.  I am excited to see how comic strips, graphic novels, and other visual stories and feelings can have an impact on literature.  It will be interesting to see what this class actually has to offer rhetorically… but I am looking forward to seeing how Bruce Wayne effects us all culturally.  Be real, who doesn’t love Batman.