October 8, 2012


As a child, waking up early on Saturday afternoons to watch cartoons was one of my favorite things to do. I'd pour myself a massive bowl of cereal and sit for an hour or two, watching classic cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner, Tasmanian Devil, etc. Often times, I'd find myself relating to the different characters and the situations they'd find themselves in. Usually, in humorous fashion, they'd find a way to resolve their problems. In McCloud's "Vocabulary of Comics," he talks about the power cartoons have and how they have the ability to make the viewer relate to its characters.

In the few art classes I've taken in my life, they stress to sometimes not make our work so complicated, as it keeps the viewer from being able to relate to what we're trying to portray. McCloud states in his book that simplicity works best because the meaning of work can be more clear. When characters or situations are no so complex, we're able to see ourselves as the characters and to be able to enjoy a story more.

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