A comic book about comic books. McCloud, in an incredibly accessible style, explains the details of how comics work: how they're composed, read and understood. More than just a book about comics, this gets to the heart of how we deal with visual languages in general. "The potential of comics is limitless and exciting!" writes McCloud. This should be required reading for every school teacher. Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman says, "The most intelligent comics I've seen in a long time."
This is a rare and exciting work that ingeniously uses comics to examine the medium itself. McCloud (who wrote a comic-book series called Zot! ) conducts a genial, well-researched and funny tour of virtually every historical and perceptual aspect of comics, which he calls "sequential art," that is, art that consists of sequences of words and pictures. Beginning in the 11th century with the Bayeux tapestry, he examines pre-Columbian picture languages and the printing press, presenting a quick survey of the historical development of early sequential pictures into the specialized visual language of comics. But it's McCloud's accessible and quite amusing discussion of realism, abstraction and visual perception that forms the heart of this survey. He dissects the vocabulary of the medium, cheerfully analyzing the psychological power of comics and their central role in our ultra-visual culture. McCloud attempts to place comics within the tradition of serious western art. His black-and-white drawings are a delight, ranging from simplified cartoons to parodies of classic comics and fine art, all the while manifesting every theory and comics trend discussed.
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Still one of the great texts about visualization, and relevant even to those who aren't fans of comics. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Harknerf
Fantastic book! If you want a better understanding of a great way for artwork and cinematography understanding, this is great focus work!Published 20 days ago by Tiara Baker
Scott McCloud dives very deeply into the world of comic books. Much of this could be repetitive, yet it still reads fresh. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew D'Souza
This is a great book, and it looks into the techniques used by a number of comic creators. It gives a fairly general overview, and one of the best things is the entire thing is in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Squeaky D