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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art Paperback – April 27, 1994
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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 used this in a comic literature class, and it was enormously helpful for the end of semester final: create a comic.Published 10 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful explanation of the evolution and place for comics in the cultural landscapePublished 5 days ago by Michael S. Johnstone
Have to admit, wasn't sure what to expect when I got this, but I love it.
Gave me a few new ideas and points of view.
Also, learned some new things about comics. Read more
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 1 month ago by A. Anderson
Understanding Comics might as well be Scott McCloud's magnum opus, but it's certainly not for everyone. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daniel Estes
An amazing text that provides unique insight into how the brain works.Published 1 month ago by Dancing Tree