Print Versus Digital: Emily Burns

Before reading the book, “Understanding Comics,” I didn’t know comics were so versatile. I always thought of comics as a book that are relatively new. I was not aware of the history of comics and how broad the term comics really is. Scott McCloud’s definition of comics

Scott McCloud’s definition of comics and how comics can appear in photography (Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics, HarperCollins Publishers, 1993, pg 20).

really stood out to me. Comics are “juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/ or to produce an aesthetic response in the viewer” (20). This definition seems pretty broad to me and I feel like there are a lot of art that fall under this definition, but is not considered a comic. Right above this definition, McCloud talks about how photography can be considered comics. I thought this was interesting and this made me think about Instagram. Many people deliberately sequence their pictures to create an aesthetic for their page. I never thought of Instagram like a comic but many people use it in the way that it would fall under McCloud’s definition of comics. This definition stuck with me when he was pondering the future of comics. Scott McCloud said that there was no way of knowing what the future of comics really is, however I think the future of comics might be digitalized. There is a big debate over the print versus digital world. However, I do not think one is better than the other. I believe that the book “Understanding Comics” should be read in print because that is how the author intended it to be read. On the other hand, Eroyn Franklin’s web comics should be read digitally because that is how Franklin intended it to be read. I think comics will evolve and there will be a lot of digital comics. I think that comics should be read how the artist set them up to be read. This does not mean that one is better than the other, it is just the artists choice on how they want the viewer to interpret their comics.

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