Contrasting Views by McCloud and Kunzel on the Comics as Art
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This essay compares the views of Scott McCloud and David Kunzel, specifically regarding the merit of the comic strip as an art form. The paper first outlines the views expressed by McCloud in "Understanding Comics," namely that the comic is a true art form, worthy of serious consideration in its own right. Next the paper outlines the views expressed by Kunzel in "The Early Comic Strip," namely that the comic is a disposable albeit amusing art devoid of depth and meaning. The paper finds that McCloud's argument for comics as an art form is more sound than Kunzel's argument that the comic should not be regarded as a true art form, both despite and because of the fact that it is enjoyed by the masses.
From the Paper:"At times, McCloud's and Kunzle's attitudes are so different, it seems as if they are talking about two distinct art forms, and to some degree this is true--Kunzle's political cartoons, other than their graphic and narrative nature bear little resemblance to some of the examples discussed by McCloud. McCloud attempts to take a wide-ranging focus in contrast to Kunzle's more scholarly study. But despite their different orientations, ultimately McCloud's use of the graphic novel itself is an argument for the comics educational potential as a form, and perhaps some of the limits perceived by Kunzle in the medium are less due to the comic's visual and temporal quality, and more to the particular nature of the broadside and partisan newspaper media the artists were attempting to serve."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Kunzle, David. History of the Comic Strip. Volume 1: The Early Comic Strip. Berkeley:University of California Press, 1973.
- McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics. Princeton, WI: Kitchen Sink Press, 1993.
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