What continues to affect me in McCloud’s writing, is his explanation of our individual perceptions of ourselves, how it is so much less detailed than our perceptions of others, and we are really only aware of a few selects parts of ourselves at a time. For example, as I sit here, I am very aware of my glasses sitting on the bridge of my nose, because I usually do not wear them. Therefore, my perception of myself is more like McCloud’s illustration of himself on page 28, in the middle, where he removes his glasses, and has no eyes on his face. I perceive my glasses as my eyes.
Having been refreshed in these ideas, I really look forward to applying them to Persepolis this week. How does the narrative use the tropes and ideals McCloud has outlined to involve us in the story, in a world which is incredibly foreign to American readers. How will our concepts of cartoons aid in understanding the message of Persepolis?