“The cartoon is a vacuum into which our identity and awareness are pulled… an empty shell that we inhabit which enables us to travel in another realm. we don’t just observe the cartoon, we become it!” -pg 36 Scott McCloud Understanding Comics, Chapter 2.
As a person who constantly indulges in cartoon style artwork, from animated cartoons on tv from multi paneled web comics, I never truly understood my fascination with the genre. Well in a sense I just thought that I was just attracted to the art style and nothing more. Than I realized it was far more complex than that after I read this short quote from Understanding Comics.
As a viewer we are not simply watching or observing but are also participating in the artwork. We fill in the open spaces between the few, simple lines and become the characters. This allows the viewer to easily relate to the character (if the character is also well written/developed).
However I am curious as to why cartoon/animation/anime are words that turn people off. Is it because of the over simplification of the art style it may be deemed “simple” or only for children? However if Scotts point is right than people who view this art style become -one- with it, so why do people feel negative towards it?