Print Versus Digital: Ryan Ferrell


Printed Comic Frame

Understanding Comics, by: Scott McCloud, Page 21.

There is no one way to define or explain the concept of comics. As this frame to the left is interpreted to saying that there can be different viewpoints on the process and meaning of comics. There will continue to be many ways comics can change and be displayed in the future. It’s impossible to even try to predict it because it depends on the creator’s demographics, culture, understanding, and how their style is read. McCloud’s book, Understanding Comics, only represents the process, concept, and style he uses. People may think of comics in other ways, maybe more simply or even more in depth. McCloud goes into great detail in Understanding Comics about the history, the definition, styles of comics, what [he believes] counts as comics (i.e. Bayeaux Tapestry, Mexican Codex, and Egyptian Painting). He shows us the many ways comics as an art-form (rather than a novel genre/style) can be displayed, read, and interpreted. For the point of this blog, we will only focus on the print and digital versions of comics.

When i was flipping through the pages of McCloud’s book, I realized that I was really well engaged in the reading and felt like I had a better understanding of the messages in the printed text. The message can be split up by pages or even pairs. It’s easier to tell when the scene/context is changing in printed comics. The organization and reading-style of the frames can change, going from top to bottom, left-to-right, vice versa.

When I was going through Eroyn Franklin’s digital comics, I had a harder to time staying engaged and was easily distracted by my surroundings. I wasn’t fully indulged in the comics and had to try harder to understand the comics. The flow of the comics are just left to right and don’t really change.

If I were going to create a comic, I would envision people reading it in a printed format because it would be better for them to be engaged in the reading. I also want my readers to have a classic, common comic book experience. The style of printed comics, in my opinion, makes the reader feel creative and like they can relate better since most people are more inclined to print than digital as of now.

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