Tuesday, January 26, 2010

McCloud Chapter 1

The final definition that McCloud came up with for comics was: Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or to produce an aesthetic response in the viewer. This a somewhat broad definition intended to encompass a wide range of mediums beyond just comic books. However, he also limits it to not include film which is not juxtaposed but projected in sequence on a set area of space. He also does not include cartoons that have only one frame (such as Family Circus on occasion). McCloud goes further than the actual space and into its context as well. He tries to distinguish between ancient languages and stories told through pictures. He used Egyptian hieroglyphics versus their paintings as an example. Hieroglyphics use pictures, but to represent specific words. While painting "act" out a story.

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