Monday, November 17, 2008

art in "Safe Area Gorazde"

Overall, the drawings in 'Safe Area Gorazde" are complex, and the characters are somewhat realistic. However, the narrator Joe Sacco is the most simplistic character of the book. He almost looks like a cartoon character. He might have chosen to draw it this way to highlight that he is an outsider. Furthermore, according to McCloud, the simpler the character, the easier it is for the readers to relate with him/her. Therefore, we can connect with Sacco, but not the other characters in Gorazde.
In addition, Sacco uses both direct and indirect representation to help us understand what was happening. On page 122 and 123, he showed the child who was hit by an anti-aircraft cannon and many other people suffering. He forced us to see the situation during the attack. But on 111 and 119, he chose to show us the horror through the expressions of the eyewitnesses.

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