Understanding Comics by Scott MccloudUnderstanding Comics by Scott Mccloud

Understanding Comics

byScott Mccloud

Paperback | April 27, 1994

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The bestselling international classic on storytelling and visual communication

"You must read this book."  Neil Gaiman

Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics is a seminal examination of comics art: its rich history, surprising technical components, and major cultural significance. Explore the secret world between the panels, through the lines, and within the hidden symbols of a powerful but misunderstood art form.

Scott McCloud has been writing, drawing, and examining comics since 1984. Winner of the Eisner and Harvey awards, his works have been translated into more than sixteen languages. Frank Miller (Sin City,300) called him "just about the smartest guy in comics." He lives with his family in southern California. His online comics and inventi...
Title:Understanding ComicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 10.25 × 6.75 × 0.58 inPublished:April 27, 1994Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:006097625X

ISBN - 13:9780060976255

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional This work is absolutely essential for anyone interested in the breaking into the art of comics or simply developing an understanding the medium as a tool for communication. The author uses a wealth of examples from contemporary and historical comics to conduct a cross-cultural analysis of the art form and review its growth. Would strongly recommend.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This book really delves into every facet of a comic - what constitutes a comic, the history of comics, different premises like picture/word balance and image/text combinations to explain how comics work/drive the narrative forward, and so on. McCloud's definition of comics and his history is quite biased (and can definitely be refuted), BUT it's an interesting perspective nonetheless. It's quite in depth and I would recommend this book to a comics newbie or someone whose been reading them their entire lives; I think everyone can take something from this seminal work. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book is a must-read for anyone interested in a deeper meaning of not only comics, but storytelling itself. Most insightful and very well researched.
Date published: 2003-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book McCloud was always one step ahead of me, tearing down my preconceptions about where comics have been, while opening my eyes to where they have the potential to go.
Date published: 2000-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Understanding Comics This book is so good that it changed my whole outlook on comics. I had a strong opinion of what I liked, but then I read this book, and I realized that what I liked was only a small portion of the pie. I now have an extremely broad palate of artistic resonance which is greatly enhanced in some of the comics I have read. Many books I have enjoyed the most had art which before would never have tickled my proverbial fancy. Oddly enough my original tastes in art (ie. Frazetta) remained unchanged. If anyone is looking to broaden their artistic horizons, I greatly recommend this book (and its sister/brother Reinventing Comics), to all who are in need of some colour in their lives again! A+++
Date published: 2000-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST read for everyone... I bought this way back in 1993 (2nd printing) when it was only available in speciality stores and It's one of the best books I have found on comics, art and how our society views comics. Scott McCloud's simplistic art is coupled with words of wisdom that should be taken to heart by anyone, even those not interested in comic books! This book has my highest reccomendation. My copy is all dog eared after being read dozens of times.
Date published: 1999-10-21

From Our Editors

Exhaustive in scope, this detail-packed book includes a history of comics that reaches back to pre-Columbian picture manuscripts and Egyptian monuments, an explanation of how sequential art is constructed and why, and a running analysis of comics as art, literature, and communication. Illustrations throughout.

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“BRAVO!! ... A landmark dissection and intellectual consideration of comics as a valid medium. ... Anyone interested in this literary form must read it.”