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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Artby Scott McCloud
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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.
"If you've ever felt bad about wasting your life reading comics, then check out Scott McCloud's classic book immediately. You might still feel you've wasted your life, but you'll know why, and you'll be proud." Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons
"In one lucid, well-designed chapter after another, [McCloud] guides us through the elements of comics style, and...how words combine with pictures to work their singular magic. When the 215-page journey is finally over, most readers will find it difficult to look at comics in quite the same way ever again."Garry Trudeau, New York Times Review of Books
"BRAVO!! Your Understanding Comics is a landmark dissection and intellectual consideration of comics as a valid medium. Its employment of comic art as its vehicle is brilliant. Everyone...anyone interested in this literary form must read it. Every school teacher should have one." Will Eisner
"With Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics the dialogue on and about what comics are and, more importantly, what comics can be has begun. If you read, write, teach or draw comics; if you want to; or if you simply want to watch a master explainer at work, you must read this book." Neil Gaiman
"Cleverly disguised as an easy-to-read comic book, Scott McClou'?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
"Understanding Comics is quite simply the best analysis of the medium that I have ever encountered. With this book Scott McCloud has taken breathtaking leaps towards establishing a critical language that the comic art form can work with and build upon in the future. Lucid and accessible, it is an astonishing feat of perception. Highly recommended." Alan Moore
"[A] rare and exciting work that ingeniously uses comics to examine the medium itself." Publisher's Weekly
"[A] brilliant comic book discussion of what makes comics work." L. A. Times
"[Understanding Comics] might well turn out to be the rosetta stone, the secret decoder ring, the lyrics sheet, for pete's sake, to all that has gone on in comics art. [This] 216-page book is one of a kind, a combination of everything funny and profound, cool and quirky." Chicago Sun-Times
Traces the 3,000 year history of storytelling through pictures, discussing the language and images used.
This detail-packed book includes a history of comics that reaches back to pre-Columbian picture manuscripts and Egyptian monuments and a running analysis of comics as art, literature, and communication.
Includes bibliographical references (p. ).
About the Author
Scott McCloud is a four-time Harvey and Eisner winner. His comics have been translated into 14 languages. He's lectured on lectured on digital media at M.I.T.'s Media Lab and the Smithsonian Instution.
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