As a reader of comic books, “Understanding Comics” was an especially interesting read for me. Not only did both assigned chapters beautifully sum up their respective ideas (Icons and Usage Of Line), but also did so in a way that literally illustrated its ideas through example. I really liked how in Chapter 2, for example, the book pointed out that we identify more with comics than realistic faces because we simplify ourselves when we talk with others, and a face devoid of any defining characteristics could actually be us.
This relates to last week’s class lecture in that faces are defined as icons, as faces are directly related to the people they portray. However, as pointed out in the “Understanding Comics” reading, icons can have varying degrees of realism. By contrast, symbols only abstractly represent ideas, as a cross may represent Christianity.