Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?
In all honesty I wasn't looking forward to reading this chapter at all. The first few pages didn't spark an interest. I did become interested once it started getting to where McCloud started describing each artist and the steps that he/she went through. Then I started thinking about all the work that I had been doing for each of my classes along with previous classes. Even when writing our rhetorical analysis paper do we use these steps. Idea and purpose were used for the content of our papers. Our form was the paper itself. Idiom is our vocabulary and subject matter along with structure being MLA format. Craft is used for our papers just by our will to "get the job done." Now surface in our paper is harder to put my thumb on. I don't really see how surface comes into a rhetorical analysis paper but I'm thinking that maybe it has to do with the way that the essay itself is presented. But, this chapter actually contains some valuable points in the pursuit of the understanding of comic value.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The 6 Steps of the Rhetorical Analysis: Weekly Student Spotlight
This week's Student Spotlight maps Scott McCloud's Six Steps to our Rhetorical Analysis essay. Incidentally, Chapter 7 is my favorite in Understanding Comics. For one, it raises important questions and discussion about art; how different artists approach the Six Steps (with Morgan Freeman mastering them at the end) is incredibly interesting. Secondly, McCloud's Six Steps can be applied to just about anything, and the application of them can force us to really consider the creation process, as Jakob demonstrates below: