It has come to my attention the secret to a less detailed face in cartoons. I never once put thought to the idea that illustrators would put less detail in a characters face in order to better allow the reader or watcher to relate or implement themselves into the character and make better relations to their personal life. I, myself found it harder to understand McCloud's essay after he mentioned what troubles we would have after he made himself look more detailed. I found myself more focused on the character and who he could be then on the content of the reading. I had to go back and re-read things because I was no comprehending as well. The character became a distraction for me once he brought it to my attention.
This idea of "amplification through simplification" did not come to my discovery until I sat down to re-read Locke and McCloud in order to write my Short Critical Discussion. The more simple something is brought out to be, the easier it is understood. At the beginning of this unit, when I first read Locke, I wrote in my weekly discussion that simplification may not be the key to human understanding. I thought that when things were simplified that it had them lacking necessary detail for true understanding until I was shown first hand visually through McCloud's cartoon. It has now come to my attention that in order to initially understand the basic of an idea, it must be stripped down to it's most simple form in order for understanding. Then, later on, if the idea is grasped and further detail is wanted, that is when the complexity can be brought in.
It is interesting how you can have an opinion of something and then so quickly change your view when you put yourself in that position to physically put it to the test.