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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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I had to order this book for a master's level English course. It's not my thing, but that doesn't mean others won't like it.Published 3 days ago by A. Anderson
Understanding Comics might as well be Scott McCloud's magnum opus, but it's certainly not for everyone. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Daniel Estes
An amazing text that provides unique insight into how the brain works.Published 13 days ago by Dancing Tree
Eye opening is a good phrase as this book makes you examine the way you "see" and process information. Much more than just a book about comics.Published 1 month ago by Hugh Hackett
Scott does a great job explaining how comics work. Really useful and practical.Published 1 month ago by Anonymous
Required Reading when you want to take the next step and learn about the art of comics. You will never look at a Peanuts Cartoon or a Spider-man cover the same.Published 2 months ago by C. Erwin