Archive for May, 2010

""So a little while ago, I read this book. It’s called Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. It was written by this guy here. Scott McCloud.

Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. The guy pictured here is the comic version of Scott McCloud. He’s the narrator of the book, which is told by way of a comic. There are graphic novels; this is a graphic theoretical text.

It’s a fantastic exercise in visual rhetoric. There are things that can be shown but not said, and McCloud does a fantastic job of integrating and pointing those things out.

McCloud begins by offering us a definition for comics. He calls them “Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence” (9). While not the best definition, it does function for McCloud’s purpose (which is all he’s really looking for). (more…)

I’d be lying if I said I was back to where I should be. If I said everything was great and that I knew I could handle everything in front of me. But I’m confident. I’m on my way back to full speed, and I feel certain I WILL get there.

Part of that involves using this again. That is, using this blog to ruminate upon my research. Because I’m doing a lot of research now. I’m no longer taking classes – and not just for the summer. I mean EVER. I’m past that part of my life. Now I’m getting ready for The Biggest Test of My Life ™. My preliminary exams are rushing towards me at breakneck speed, and I need to stand ready for them.

Which means I need to put my thoughts into order.