Week 2: Response to Understanding Comics- Ashley Zhu (Syed)

I think that McCloud offers an in-depth explanation for comics, by explaining its medium and history in an amusing way. According to McCloud, “Comics” is the word worth defining, as it refers to the medium itself, not a specific object as “comic book” or “comic strip” do. We can all visualize a comic.”
For Scott, he thought that comics had some hidden powers. For me, I thought about how political cartoons have hidden powers as well. Comics tell a story through sequential frames; political cartoons tell a story through single frames. Similarly, both comics and political cartoons convey through mediums. Also, the messages behind political cartoons are often commentaries on society and culture, in a funny or satirical way. The meanings of the cartoons are usually two-fold: one is the surface meaning, and one is a deeper meaning which generally criticizes a specific person or event. In contrast, comics are taken in a more light-hearted way.
The introduction of the closure, which is the “phenomenon of observing the parts but perceiving the whole” is interesting. Also, I have never paid attention to “the gutter,” the space between panels in a comic, which is a fascinating concept about forming sequential thoughts. This idea is similar to breaks in between paragraphs in a book as well. The breaks allow me to stop and reflect on the past few pages I read and gather my ideas.

Link to CSS exercise: http://imanas.shanghai.nyu.edu/~az1783/commlab/css-r01-float_n_flex/

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