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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.
Hillary Chute has become recognized not only as the most incisive scholar of contemporary comics, but also as the most canny interlocutor with the star practitioners of this booming genre. There is a sense of community among these artists, and they have together taken the field of graphic narrative forward in terms of force, sophistication, and craft.and#160; But their styles and sensibilities diverge, and their work represents a range of goals and desires, which Chute deftly elicits in conversation. Several commonalities emerge from the interviews. For example, art school was not, for any of these cartoonists, a necessary step for a career in comics. Another theme running across the interviews is the enduring importance of print and the varieties of its circulation. For example, Lynda Barryand#8217;s first book, collecting her series Two Sisters was entirely reproduced through Xeroxes: and#147;Copy shops had just come out,and#8221; she tells Chute. and#147;I just copied the whole collection. I put it in a manila envelope and I hand-decorated the top, and I sold them for ten dollars.and#8221; These mechanisms of reproduction, Chute notes, were key for the expansion of creative comics culture.and#160;
We are living in a golden age of cartoon art. Never before has graphic storytelling been so prominent or garnered such respect: critics and readers alike agree that contemporary cartoonists are creating some of the most innovative and exciting work in all the arts.and#160;
For nearly a decade Hillary L. Chute has been sitting down for extensive interviews with the leading figures in comics, and with Outside the Box she offers fans a chance to share her ringside seat. Chuteand#8217;s in-depth discussions with twelve of the most prominent and accomplished artists and writers in comics today reveal a creative community that is richly interconnected yet fiercely independent, its members sharing many interests and approaches while working with wildly different styles and themes. Chuteand#8217;s subjects run the gamut of contemporary comics practice, from underground pioneers like Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry, to the analytic work of Scott McCloud, the journalism of Joe Sacco, and the extended narratives of Alison Bechdel, Charles Burns, and more. They reflect on their experience and innovations, the influence of peers and mentors, the reception of their art and the growth of critical attention, and the crucial place of print amid the encroachment of the digital age.
Beautifully illustrated in full-color, and featuring three never-before-published interviewsand#151;including the first published conversation between Art Spiegelman and Chris Wareand#151;Outside the Box will be a landmark volume, a close-up account of the rise of graphic storytelling and a testament to its vibrant creativity.
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.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Twenty-First-Century Comics
1.and#160;Scott McCloud (2007)
2.and#160;Charles Burns (2008)
3.and#160;Lynda Barry (2008)
4.and#160;Aline Kominsky-Crumb (2009)
5.and#160;Daniel Clowes (2010)
6.and#160;Phoebe Gloeckner (2010)
7.and#160;Joe Sacco (2011)
8.and#160;Alison Bechdel (2006 and 2012)
9.and#160;Franand#231;oise Mouly (2008 and 2010)
10.and#160;Adrian Tomine (2012)
11.and#160;Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware (2008)
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