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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art Paperback – April 27, 1994
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On a meta-level, the book is also a stunning work of art in its own right and an amazing essay on determination, hard work, craftsmanship and creativity. The chapter on the subject of 'what is art' may well be the best description of the artistic process - be it related to writing, music, programming, whatever you like - that I have ever seen.
In a word, stunning.
As an aspiring graphic novelist, I've had my eye on it for as long as I can remember, and I decided to spring for this and finally get my hands on it. The book arrived on time and in brand new condition. The front cover of the book I received doesn't match the one advertised, but that's neither here nor there. I'm sure I just received a newer reprint of the book.
I'm on chapter four right now, and I must say, I've enjoyed this book immensely so far. McCloud's explanations and philosophies have me looking at my own work and comics in general, an entirely different light.
I would recommend this book to any artist/writer out there, or even just the average comic lover wanting to understand this artistic medium a little bit more.
Get it, absorb it, and then keep it forever as reference. If you take these lessons to heart, you WILL be a better artist.