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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art (1993)

by Scott McCloud

Other authors: Will Eisner (Editorial advisor), Neil Gaiman (Editorial Advisor), Bob Lappan (Letterer), Mark Martin (Editor)

Series: Understanding Comics (1)

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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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The official how-to and why-is-it-so textbook for graphic literature. More than that, the context itself is humorous and fascinating. Call it Meta-Graphic-Novel if you may. This book for comic student is like Campbell Biology for Life Science student. Amazing! ( )
  Rex_Lui | Sep 12, 2019 |
it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal.

think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark and only denmark. and centuries later, we still perform the play and read it and think that that is us up there struggling with our problems, just with a different name.

this is what mccloud achieves here: he is so fixated and clear in talking about comics that the scope of his thought travels to all corners of creativity, art, and human endeavor.

this is not only a testament to the validity of comics as an artform and mccloud's mastery of it, but also to the microscopic differences between the various supposedly discreet arts and vocabularies thereof when viewed from the vantage of a close and sensitive read of any one of them in particular.

a book that renews your faith in people's ability to communicate with (and 'understand?') each other. ( )
  rmxwl | Sep 8, 2019 |
muy buen primer. abre el criterio para conocer más
  tcanaleso | Apr 14, 2019 |
Holy Toledo! This book was fantastic. The now-widespread idea that comics are capable of deep expression and not just a low form of entertainment comes from 'Understanding Comics'. The format has come a long way in 25 years, but McCloud's work is still an essential read for any comics, graphic novel, sequential art fan. He breaks the medium down and explains the mechanics of its storytelling capabilities frame by frame.

I never studied art theory, so many of the concepts here were completely new to me. It was informative and reading this felt like having a personal lesson. That may not sound like its for everyone, but it should be. Comics are simple medium for a reader to understand, but only when its done correctly and McCloud offers a great deal of advice on how to go about creating your own comics and makes no rules that he doesn't encourage a new artist to break.

There's a lot of bombast and bright, expressive earnestness and hope which invites eyerolling and (legitimate) complaints, but I don't care. I enjoyed the hell out of it. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
A brilliantly executed (and frequently funny) treatise, whose sole real weakness is that the more interesting observations are mostly frontloaded in the earlier chapters. But even so, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more entertaining study of a medium than this.

- Loki

A fascinating and entertaining analysis of the comic book medium, as well as of both how and why it works.

- Lucky ( )
  Lucky-Loki | Oct 15, 2018 |
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Eisner, WillEditorial advisorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilEditorial Advisorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lappan, BobLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Martin, MarkEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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