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Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Understanding Comics (original 1993; edition 1997)

by Scott McCloud

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Title:Understanding Comics
Authors:Scott McCloud
Info:Kitchen Sink Pr (Nrt) (1997), Edition: Rep, Paperback
Collections:Your library, Working on
Tags:Fic, GN, GN:Books, __scan_cover, !dunno

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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud (1993)


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'nuff said. ( )
  georgee53 | May 10, 2018 |
In depth yet straightforward textbook-style graphic definition of what comics are, what they have been, and what they could become.

I would certainly recommend this for people who are interested in learning more about comics and graphic novels. The way that this is executed makes it an effective learning tool for beginners, casual comics readers, as well as for regular or long-time readers of graphic novels.

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  Critterbee | Apr 16, 2018 |
A clear overview of the form and structure of comics. Scott McCloud's deep understanding of the history and functions of art makes this an insightful and informative read. ( )
  kasyapa | Oct 9, 2017 |
Great primer about how comics work and defense of comics aesthetics. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
Informative and intriguing, but a little dry. A lot of the concepts in here are applicable to visual creativity in general, so you certainly don't have to be specifically interested in comics to appreciate and learn from Understanding Comics. It's a fantastic introduction to get familiar with concepts and terminology. I would recommend it to any beginning visual artist, but I think it is definitely just a starting point to understanding visual media. ( )
  theCamille | Oct 31, 2016 |
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Scott McCloudprimary authorall editionscalculated
Eisner, WillEditorial advisorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilEditorial Advisorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lappan, BobLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Martin, MarkEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 006097625X, Paperback)

A comic book about comic books. McCloud, in an incredibly accessible style, explains the details of how comics work: how they're composed, read and understood. More than just a book about comics, this gets to the heart of how we deal with visual languages in general. "The potential of comics is limitless and exciting!" writes McCloud. This should be required reading for every school teacher. Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman says, "The most intelligent comics I've seen in a long time."

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Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, this innovative comic book provides a detailed look at the history, meaning, and art of comics and cartooning.

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