Throughout the first chapter of Scott McCloud’s, Understanding Comics, Scott explains to the readers what separates a comic from other forms of media. McCloud first attempts to create a definition that specifically fits “comics”. He does this to show that the idea of a comic is much more than a collection of drawings/picture put into sequence. McCloud (1993) defines a comic as, “Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or to produce an aesthetic response in the viewer” (p. 9). The future of comics resides mostly in digital media. I believe this because of the transition of print books to digital books. When Amazon released the Kindle in 2007, I feel it created the movement for electronic books. With the presence of smart phones capable of reading these E-books in today’s society, the publication of print media will continue to slow. He also states, “…comics future will be virtually impossible to predict using the standards of the present… the secret is not in what the says but in what it doesn’t say” (p. 21). What McCloud means by this is that comics have few restrictions and could be completely re-defined in the future. This book was published in 1997 when there was no presence of online comics. Online comics are just one way that the future has shaped comics.
After reading McCloud’s, Understanding Comics, the book felt simple and had a rewarding feeling as you physically held and turned each page of the book. When reading Scott McCloud’s online comic, The Right Number, it was much more visually appealing because of the variety of colors. It also had a more interactive feeling because of the animations and having to click the middle of the page to advance. With comics being in a digital format, it allows for much more creativity with layouts and website designs.
If I were to write a comic it would probably be in a digital format. I would rely on the audience reading my comic to infer information from frame to frame. Writing and assembling a comic digitally seems easier and much more efficient. Also, digital comics presents an opportunity to be more creative. Adding various designs and colors into the frames would be as simple as cutting and clicking. In the comic to the right a timeline is laid out showing multiple endings as the reader chooses which direction to read.