Within “Chapter 6: Understanding Comics,” by Scott McCloud, there were various points made that sparked new ideas within my head, however the most prevalent was the ability for words and images to be in a partnership where they allow one another to take the lead in order to tell a story that is engaging and informative. McCloud focuses on this relationship specifically in terms of comics, however it can be implied that the balancing of words and images can be applied to all storytelling, including the multimedia approach we are learning in Writing 105M. McCloud describes the relationship between words and images as the the ability for “pictures to carry the weight of clarity in a scene, [freeing] words to explore a wider area,” thus initiating the the ability for exploration to take place. Images are no longer limited to always having to accurately display meanings when there aid from words to display meaning, just as words can be more abstract when there are images to clarify their meaning and spark discovery. Through the reading I felt as though the discussion of the relationship between images and words was the most important as it is a relationship we should always be thinking about as writers utilizing multimedia.
The author also discusses the difficulty of creating work free of judgement, stating that most work, specifically comics, are enveloped within “the curse of being judged by the standards of the old.” I found this point really interesting and important to make because the work anyone produces is often set against a preceding template that is supposed to dictate how work is perceived and accepted. For example, there are certain styles of writing within academia that have set the precedent for how writing will take place today, which can limit expressive freedom and the ability for scholars to be taken seriously in their journey of creating work that is unique. I believe that with the creation of any work, within any field, there should be a sense of autonomy that is able to be instilled by the creator and the work they are producing, an idea that was also discussed by McCloud through the creation of comics and stylistic choices that can be created within the making of comics.
In the updating of his story, I would do more to explain some of the concepts that were introduced, specifically those that have deep histories that could have been interesting to hear about within the story. For example, he briefly mentions periods of art such as Expressionism and Dada, which both served as revolutionary moments within artistic history, specifically Dada which existed as a way of critiquing previous forms of art and the canon that guided what art was “supposed” to be. Although he lightly touches on these topics, their histories tie into one of his ideas of creating work that is independently expressive, in a sense revolting from the power of precedence, and it would have been interesting to learn more about these concepts within the text.