October 15, 2012
McCloud's Extension of Body Parts
McCloud's "Vocabulary of Comics" makes me wonder why comics are not more widely used. This was by far one of the most comprehensive readings thus far and I believe that is because A- my brain was able to jump into the blank place of the narrator and B- the imagery was so easy to visualize (for example: "the cartoon is a vacuum into which our identity and awareness are pulled) (Page 36). I am intrigued by McCloud's idea that we subconsciously give inanimate objects life. I feel like it is a stretch to consider objects such as silverware and crutches as extensions of our body parts. I visualize these things merely as tools to get through daily life. He goes so far as to say that the inanimate objects we use every day shape our identities and how we view ourselves (Page 38). This makes me wonder why he only focuses on the functionality of the objects we are attaching to ourselves, not how the quality of the materials affects how we view ourselves and how others view us. Perhaps he did not comment on the quality of materials because the narrator was trying to be as blank of a slate as possible so that we would not make assumptions based on his social class, political views, etc.