Understanding Comics Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the author's first impressions of comics as a child.

The author, Scott McCloud, thought that comics were bright colorful magazines with bad art, stupid stories and guys in tights. He didn't think they were "real" books and that they were for young children only.

2. What is the difference between the art form ("medium") and the content?

The medium is a vessel which can hold any number of ideas and images. The content is the ideas and images decided by the artist. An analogy would be the medium is the messenger and the content is the message.

3. Why is "juxtaposed static images in deliberate sequence" not a thorough definition of comics?

Letters can be considered as static images. Put together in a deliberate sequence they form words.

4. How is the screenfold of 8-Deer "Tiger's Claw" considered a comic?

Once you isolate the words from pictures and line up the pictures using their right-to-left zigzagged structure, a clear military and political story emerges.

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