Print Versus Digital: Jenna Walker

When reading McCloud’s book “Understand Comics”, what really stuck with me was when he said, “the trick is to never mistake the message—for the messenger” (McCloud, 6). Tying this in to the print versus digital question, print is easier to follow rather than online. Like the images he has included on this page, it makes it obvious that a lot of different ideas are mixed together to create a comic or graphic novel (refer to picture below). This plays in to the easier accessibility of holding a hard copy allows the reader to follow along better because when it’s online it goes vertically down page by page which at times can be confusing. Comparing that to a hard copy, it is a horizontal view so it is easier to follow along because there is more direction across the pages. In the past, I have had to read graphic novels such as, “American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang and “Maus” by Art Spiegelman. My experience with the novels listed above, compared to Franklin’s web comics is much better. I chose to look at Franklin’s “Bikram Addict” web

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McCloud, S. (1994). Understanding comics. New York: Harper Perennial. P 6  (Universe of Comic)

comic and while I appreciate the different change of background to show that it’s a new page, it is not as easy to understand because it can get distracting. As a reader, myself, I prefer print over digital because it’s easier to navigate. Although, comics do have photos so it’s not pages on pages of words, the direction can sometimes be unclear when its digital because it isn’t able to have the pages be side by side. If I were going to create a comic, I would want them to be read in print, so it would be easier to follow along with. I would want the eye direction to be very apparent because sometimes the word bubbles and different shapes of the boxes can get a little confusing. Overall, comics provide a good break from the usual novel because it gives the reader something more to look at and can help provide a better understanding of what the author is trying to convey.

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