October 8, 2012
McCloud's Vocabulary of Comics
I had read this piece before in another class, right before reading Maus. So I liked going back over it before Persepolis. Sometimes comics can be written off as superficial, so I like that McCloud shows that there's more to it than that. There's a reason why symbols and icons affect us the way they do. I think that some of his ideas can work in novels, too, though with different results. For example, McCloud states that the simpler a character is drawn, the more a reader can become them, or step into their shoes. When a character in a novel is made like a blank slate for the reader to project themselves onto, it tends to be frowned upon.