Understanding Comics

Understanding Comics

The Invisible Art

Book - 1993
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"You must read this book." --Neil Gaiman

The bestselling international classic on storytelling and visual communication.

Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics is a seminal examination of comics art: its rich history, surprising technical components, and major cultural significance. Explore the secret world between the panels, through the lines, and within the hidden symbols of a powerful but misunderstood art form.

Publisher: Northampton, MA : HarperCollins, [1993]
Copyright Date: ©1993
ISBN: 9780060976255
Branch Call Number: YA 741.5 MCCLOUD 1993
Characteristics: 215 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm


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Dec 22, 2018

A must-read for anyone starting their adventures into comic. Written/drawn as one - this book takes you on an illustrated adventure of the history, usefulness and necessity of comic books. I learned so much from such simple pages. It was a welcome introduction to the way comics work - that has helped me appreciate the new comics I've fallen in love with so much.

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 19, 2017

McCloud's groundbreaking text on the history, form, and meaning of the genre we all know and love but maybe want to know a little bit more about. Good for academics, the inquisitive, literary analysts, and other nerds.

Jun 28, 2017

Surprisingly rich & complex book for a relatively young medium.
Ideal for teenagers & above.
Great art, good pace & not at all stuffy.

MirandaJo Feb 13, 2017

This informational graphic novel is about understanding graphic novels and comics. It's a wonderful introduction to understanding the ins and outs of creating and reading a comic. McCloud's graphic novel was instrumental making me interested in comics and understand them in a more serious way than my childhood memories of Calvin and Hobbes. I seriously recommend any comic or graphic novel readers to peruse this book.

Oct 09, 2016

This was everything my (sometimes overly) analytic mind wanted. Its like an academic article on the medium of comics in the form of a comic. I'll never read comics the same. It should be required reading for all lovers of the medium both new and old.

Aug 08, 2016

A great analysis of a medium. I loved his six step process for creativity.

Jul 18, 2016

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.

forbesrachel May 21, 2015

Scott McCloud makes you see comics in ways you probably never even considered. The book is broken into chapters, starting with a broad definition of comics. He then moves on to more specific aspects, such as how comics portray time, the interplay of art and words, the range from realistic to iconic and how it affects our experience, and colour. To give proof to his points, he includes examples from around the world, from ancient times to the modern masters, stressing the sheer variety that comics is capable of at every turn. While there are comics for children, the format itself is not a "lesser" medium. It's words and art are in a complex dance with each other, which is in fact how he illustrates this. In his attempt to show the versatility of comics, McCloud himself shows his versatility as an artist, even going so far as to lead by example. For anyone wishing to understand comics better, or for those who wish to actually create them, this graphic novel is a must read, it gets to the heart of the underlying artform, and just as importantly, it explains why it works.

Dec 06, 2013

Yes it's about comics, but it's also about image and text and the magic that occurs when they are combined. Joyously, this book came out just as the Web was being created, and my path forward became clear. A classic. Highly recommended.

Jun 02, 2012

This was a wonderful introduction to the world of comics. I enjoyed that the book was in a comic format, and feel that this helped me to gain insight into the “feel” of reading a graphic text. Overall, it was an fairly easy to follow in-depth introduction to comics.

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Jul 03, 2009

com-ics (kom'iks)n. plural in form, used with a singular verb. 1. Juxtaposed pictoral and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or to produce an aesthetic response in the viewer. 2. Superheroes in bright colourful costumes, fighting dastardly villians who want to conquer the world, in violent sensational pulse ponding action sequences! 3. Cute, cuddly bunnies, mice and roly-poly bears, dancing to and fro. Hippity-Hop, HIppity-Hop 4. Corruptor of our Nation's Youth.


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