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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art Paperback – April 27, 1994
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“McCloud’s masterwork is not just an indispensable treatise on comics, it’s also the best primer around on visual literacy and the mechanics of storytelling. A must-read for anyone interested in narrative of any kind.” -- Alison Bechdel
“Cleverly disguised as an easy-to-read comic book, Scott McCloud’s simple-looking tome deconstructs the secret language of comics while casually revealing secrets of time, space, art and the cosmos! The most intelligent comics I’ve seen in a long time. Bravo.” -- Art Spiegelman
“Reading Understanding Comics blew my teenage mind, and gave me a toolbox full of ideas that I still use today.” -- Raina Telgemeier
“The best analysis of the medium that I have ever encountered.” -- Alan Moore
“BRAVO!! ... A landmark dissection and intellectual consideration of comics as a valid medium. ... Anyone interested in this literary form must read it.” -- Will Eisner
- ASIN : 006097625X
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 27, 1994)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780060976255
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Within the first few chapters I was seeing things differently. So many aha moments.
By the time I finished, I’d completely rethought the way to move forward on my current project.
If you’re a storyteller of any sort, I recommend picking up this book. It just might change the way you do your craft!
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.
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.
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A great read, too.
This book was recommended to me when I asked about books for design as "not totally about design book but a must read for a designer".
I'm just going to say that this is one of the best informative books I've ever read!
It is an eye-opener & mind-blowing experience.
I recommend it for absolutely everyone, whether you are interested in comics themselves, design, or art in general.
There is no way you are going to regret buying this book.
All the best for everyone.
This book has given me a new appreciation for comics. I've read graphic novels completely differently since reading it. I now really notice the authors' styles, savour each frame, and I feel like I have a deeper understanding of the stories now than I would've before. I also appreciate the time and effort that goes into making a good comic and find it unfortunate that comics are generally not taken very seriously.
I will never look at comics the same way again, and in some ways I will never look at art the same way again either. This book is both for those experienced and very inexperienced with comics. Very thought-provoking but also an entertaining read!