Print Versus Digital: Deyanira Tovar-Moreno

As an art aficionado, I resonated with Scott McCloud’s book, Understanding Comics. More specifically, I resonated with the idea he presented regarding the fact that as soon as our society creates a clear definition of what comics are, we will be presented with the task of creating a new definition because of the contemporary influences that comics will be met with. Forms of art are constantly changing, allowing for the definitions of certain concepts to constantly be updated. In example, as Scott McCloud stated, several art pieces from past centuries are now being considered comics due to the evolution of the definition of comics. These art pieces from the past include  a wide range- from Mexican codex to Egyptian scribes. Scott McCloud’s book represented ideas using somewhat realistic pictoral icons which mainly lacked shading but still had an outline. This did not impede my understanding of the comic because most ideas and concepts were presented via writing, with some graphic examples which did not need to be detailed to be understood. In other words, Understanding Comics used simple pictoral icons to amplify the focus kept on the story. On the other hand, the pictoral icons featured in Eroyn Franklin’s digital comics ranged from simple to realistic depending on the importance of the illustration to the viewers understanding. Eroyn Franklin’s comic Can Free Pop-Up Clinics Save American Healthcare? depicted the artist’s stance on the contemporary issue which regards pop-up clinics throughout America. Moreover, Eroyn Franklin leaned more towards the use of realistic pictoral icons, creating a clearer resemblance towards reality. This was vital to the digital comic because the topic entailed the artist’s stance on a  contemporary issue affecting a broad population in the U.S. The digital comic resonated with me more than others because of the fact that my parents rely on pop-up clinics for their healthcare needs. I was given the chance to view pop-up clinics through the perspective of Eroyn Franklin, which brought up several key aspects to the question at bay. The comic expanded much more on the issue of healthcare surrounding America, which resonated with my opinion. I agreed with the artist’s stance which was that the gap in access for healthcare provided by the American government has led to the need for pop-up clinics in places like Seattle. Expanding from that, the artist alluded that the solution to the healthcare crisis does not lay within pop-up clinics, but by closing the gap on government assistance. To include a wide variety of concepts and ideas within the comic, Eroyn used aspect to aspect transitions in his comics. Much like Eroyn, if I were to create a comic I would like it to depict my stance on a  contemporary issue so that my share of information and perspective could reach a vast array of viewers. The contemporary issue presented would be homelessness, which is something I see much of in my hometown of Seattle. Furthermore, I would use realistic pictoral icons to depict an environment and characters which would allow the viewer to further understand the impact of homelessness on the real world. A visual example of the realistic pictoral icons I would feature in my comic is show below:


Image downloaded from  a comic by Eroyn Franklim called Can Pop-up Clinics Save American Healthcare? Comic posted February 17th, 2017.




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