Three gesture drawings of people out and about
Notes from the first two chapters of Understanding Comics:
– People think comics are crude, poorly-drawn, semiliterate, cheap, disposable, and a kiddie fare, BUT they don’t have to be.
– What is comics? :Sequential Art –> Juxtaposed Pictorial and Other Images in Deliberate Sequence
– These kinds of images have been seen through history since back in the 1500s.
– The images told a story without words
– Mid 1800s is when the modern comic was introduced
– These kinds of comics never get much recognition
– Comics and cartoons are not the same thing, but are similar
– Icon: any image used to represent a person place, thing or idea
– Words are abstract icons
– Cartoons focus on specific details
– Our eyes make us see faces in things
– We cannot see our face and our mind “cartoons” it for us
– When we interact with inanimate objects, we use more than five senses
– Audience involvement is how the audience identifies with a story’s characters
– In Japanese comics, objects and faces can start cartoony and become very realistic in certain scenes.
– Style can affect the story too
– Words, pictures, and other icons are the vocabulary of the language called COMICS
– A unified language is important for comics
– The Picture Plane