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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art Paperback – April 27, 1994
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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That, of course, is an impressive achievement, especially since he deals with functions as well as forms. To that we add McCloud's knowledge of art history, which allows him to go back in time and find the origins of comics in pre-Columbian picture manuscripts, Egyptian hieroglyphics and the Bayeux Tapestry. Topping all of this off is McCloud's grand and rather obvious conceit, that his book about the art of comic books is done AS a comic book. This might seem an obvious approach, but that does not take away from the fact that the result is a perfect marriage of substance and form.Read more ›
There are neat and useful new ways of thinking about comics here (his comparisons of American and Japanese comics, his theories of panel transitions and why comic characters are sometimes drawn more simply than the backgrounds, his comments on the psychological impact of color), and for that matter ways of thinking about art in general, and design in general. And he makes masterly use of the comic medium itself to present the material in a way that never drags or confuses.
I hope someone programs the Orbital Mind Control Lasers so that McCloud extends this book into a whole series on the theory and practice of comics, and another on general visual design. The world needs it!
Scott McCloud brilliantly and thoughtfully examines not just comic books, but how we view ourselves, how society views comics (And how comics influence society!) and goes in depth into storytelling, form and substance.
I'd recommend this book for anyone who is interested in comic and cartooning as a profession, or as a passing interest, and I recommend it to those who are skeptical about the comic storytelling medium as it contains insights that I've never seen discussed so eloquently. All schools should have a copy of this in their library :)
Don't let the comic book format fool you, this is a great book! (My favourite chapter is the one on icons.. and how we see ourselves in everything.. :) )
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UC is a well thought-out meditation on the nature of comics. It is done in comic form.
First my objections. I do not believe much in McCloud s definition of art. Read more
I am not sure why I passed this up so many times when I was working at my local college bookstore. There is was sitting on the shelf begging me to look through it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Puddle Jumper
Good for designers and upcoming comic artists! Detailed and entertaining! Worth the read!Published 2 months ago by Keith
A must read for anyone who wants to think more deeply about comics.Published 2 months ago by Josh W.
Insightful look at not just comics, but visual storytelling of any sort. An easy read, that really does change your thinking on the power of sequential art.Published 2 months ago by GMJr