I will be the first to say it; I really don’t like Scott McCloud. For a man who knows “a lot” about comics, he sure doesn’t draw much anymore. The thing I like when it comes to some comic artists is their sense of modesty or just outright insanity. Artists like Art Spiegelman, R.Crumb, and Alan Moore created some fantastic pieces of work while being modest, crazy, and batshit insane respectively.
I know the work of Mr. McCloud. I know it well. I’m guilty of owning an issue of “Zot!” or two and I think he has a great style when he uses it. Nowadays he parades around on TedTalks and any Boston comic convention he can get his hands on to show off his “inventions.”
Scott McCloud is one of three people I know that has a separate section on their website for “inventions” they made. The other two are scientists that actually invented something.
Scott’s article (when not prancing around his own ego and his bloated personal ideas) gets to a point (somewhere) about how comics are only as good as the person expressing the ideas. Which makes sense in any and all senses.
The chapters done by Paul are in comic form. There are a few things that I find to be very interesting about these chapters. First and foremost, they aren’t really lucid. You might be asking yourself what I mean by this. Well, there’s one glaring elephant in the room when it comes to Paul’s chapters…
Paul didn’t experience this. At all. In any way/shape/or form. His only knowledge about the incidents that he outlines are via second hand knowledge from the parents. This is really interesting to think about since each of his chapter’s are very vivid and detailed. This begs the question; how does he manage to construct a reality over virtually nothing.
It’s clear that there’s a strong animosity when it comes to the 50s. The perspective of the future and, at that matter, reality during the 50s were pretty skewed when one compares it to the temporary actualities of the 2000’s.
Had it not been for constant misdiagnoses, the story of David might be entirely different today. However, this isn’t the case and David was, unfortunately, a product of his jaded time. The worst part is the fact that his parents were also a product of this time and are easily pushed over when it comes to acceptance from people of higher powers. Due to a lack of internet and a lack of clear understanding of virtually everything, people in the 50’s were forced to accept and believe people who were in a position of power. Whenever you were sick, the doctor was the ultimate authority. Since the doctors told them what they said was the truth, David’s parents were quick to accept and believe them.
This subservient attitude was the undoing of David’s parents and made their struggle greater. The response to this murky attitude is simple; make the atmosphere of visages of that time bleak and murky. This completes a void that was set up through story telling by telling a separate story; the story that was never told but implied.