Monday, December 15, 2008

Understanding Comics: Did it really help us understand?

Looking back on the whole semester, I was trying to remember the many different books that we read and how each one provided a different flavor of graphic novels, which lead me to a very interesting question. Seeing as the first book we read was Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, how crucial were its insights into comics to our understanding and analysis to the other graphic novels we read in the course? Its seemes as though our ability to find modifications in time, space, closure, etc. majorly comes from McCloud's teachings. However, it is all entirely possibly that we would have found the same concepts, just through coincidence. What are your thoughts/responses to this question I ponder myself?

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