I know that its been talked about in class and in one form or another in the blog but I would like to throw my two cents in about define comics.
My Definition of Comics: I define comics as any piece of interlinked text and/or image that creates a narrative. However for me, this does not include photographs unless you consider a meme a comic but that’s a whole other can of worms.
While this is a rather broad definition of comics, I think it is the only way to envelope everything that can be considered comics. I define comics this way for a number of reasons but mainly because I wasn’t really exposed to mainstream comic books until my mid-teens, mind you I had my mom explaining political cartoons and then eventually the comic strips at the back of the newspaper. It took me until I was in Jr. High School and there being a manga store down the street to get me to submerge myself into comics however I didn’t get into Western-style comics till I was in Sr. High School.
For those of you who want to argue my definition, I’ll give you another point of view. What would a comic strip be without images? It would just be words. What would a comic strip be without words? A series of images that could be called comics but just as easily art or sketches or even doodles. What ties them all together and makes comics so much more powerful is the narrative, the story is what makes all the difference. Sure you can have a comic that doesn’t create a narrative but there are always exceptions to the rule. If you still don’t like my definition, I dare you to come up with something better.
On the flip side, I believe that defining “Comics” is like trying to define “Art” its just not something everyone will agree on and trying to get to something everyone will agree with will just lead to violence. In my opinion, as long as we grow both individually and as a society, what we define as comics or art will inevitably change and be refined only to be thrown out and redefined. Look at music, two centuries ago what we call music, things like metal or rap, would have probably just been called crap or ruckus.
P.S. Seriously though, if you don’t like my definition, come up with something else and let me know, I like to know how others see things.
P.P.S. While I might not be right but please don’t hate, in theatre we do something called “Yes, and…”, give me something to work with don’t just shut me down.