Monday, February 13, 2012

Student Spotlight: Picture Words

This week's Student Spotlight was really difficult to chose; there were just too many really great blogs from last week. Doug came back with another movie clip explaining McCloud's points in Chapter 6 (but the clip was from Ghost World *shudder*). Claire simply wrote an excellent blog summarizing and explaining McCloud's more complex ideas herself. But there can only be one!

And this week it's Karli's interesting and thought-provoking post "Picture Words". Karli does two great things in this post besides writing well. First, she hooks her reader with an interesting introduction:
Pictures and words (English) imagenes y palabras (Spanish), images et des mots (French), fotografie a slova (Czeck), immagini e parole (Italian). Pictures and words are considered to be two completely different things and they are meant to be separated from one another.  Pictures are for children and words are for big people. As we grow up books with pictures are given to our younger siblings, younger cousins, or just put at the bottom of the bookshelf. We leave the idea of word and pictures working together to make meaning in our past, and we forget how magical it was. This is what Scott McCloud's chapter six of Understanding Comics focuses on.
Then she follows up with a great summary! But where her post really shines is when she brings art history to support McCloud's notions:
During my Introduction to Art class we learned about how a priest from Rome stripped an entire church of its paintings because he claimed they were distracting peoples' focus from the bible. People argued that the art brought life to the words; and the combination of words and art could bring the past of their faith to a visual reality. This proves that this argument has been going on for a long time. Why can’t words and pictures work together to bring meaning visualization? This priest obviously had no appreciation for art and no appreciation for what pictures can do for words.  This is why comics have such a hard time blooming into their full potential, because people have the same belief as the priest did: words and pictures cannot work together.
 To top it all off, Karli's post proves that great blogs earn great comments, and there's already an interesting discussion taking place there!

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

2 comments:

Mel said...

Like that intro a lot! So much more interesting than a question.

Ben Villarreal said...

Haha! Yes! I'm hoping they keep getting better :-)

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