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Understanding Comics (original 1993; edition 1993)

by Scott McCloud

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Title:Understanding Comics
Authors:Scott McCloud
Info:Tundra Pub (1993), Paperback, 216 pages
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Tags:Graphic novel, comics, history

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

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Understanding Comics might as well be Scott McCloud's magnum opus, but it's certainly not for everyone. The casual comic book reader in particular might find it too "high art" for their tastes. Here the author turns on "Developer Mode" for one of the most thorough master's class of the comic medium I've ever read. It's a mashup of Comic Theory, Analytics, Fine Art, History and Philosophy unlike any I've ever seen before. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Jun 22, 2016 |
Excellent insights into communication, art, and design. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Très bon livre aidant à la compréhension des comics: dessins, narratologie, couleurs, graphiation, notion de temps et d'espace sur les gaufriers, déroulement de l'action... L'auteur étant lui-même un illustrateur de comics explique avec simplicité et efficacité les avantages et inconvénients de ce support narratif.

Very useful book which explains perfectly how comic books work: the types of drawing, narratology, graphiation, the use of colors, the notion of time and space on the panel, the progress of the action... The artist Scott McCloud explains a very clear and effective way the advantages and drawback of this medium.
  remy-valero | Mar 20, 2016 |
This is a fascinating introduction to graphic-fiction theory. McCloud manages to create almost a metatheory, not only explaining but also illustrating elements of design theory, art history, and graphic storytelling in a surprisingly concise and understandable format. Plus, it's a comic book! One of the coolest and most invigorating creative writing texts I've read in a long while. Better still, McCloud was smart enough to lead his readers to other, greater writer/theorists (I've just picked up Will Eisner's "Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative"), so this book also serves as an invaluable reference source. My only complaint is that it's too short. I'm definitely looking into more McCloud. ( )
  Snoek-Brown | Feb 7, 2016 |
Great tip from the comics panel at the 2015 Bristol Festival of Literature. A great way into what is a whole new world of literature for me. ( )
  Bernadette877 | Jan 24, 2016 |
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Scott McCloudprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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