corabora4, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by corabora4)
I bought "Understanding Comics" from Powells.com for a college course I am taking in Graphic Design. It cost almost 20 dollars less than the book-store version, and it cost less than any other discount text book website. I bought a used version and was impressed to see it seems practically new. The shipping was reasonable and they sent it to my P.O. box at college, something other websites won't do. This book so far is great and I'm understanding comics a lot more. Scott McCloud is great!!
Tobey, November 16, 2006 (view all comments by Tobey)
Back in the Dark Ages of college, my Senior Seminar was working on Post-Modern and Deconstruction philosophy in a hope of understanding conflict around the world. By pure chance, I found this book in the New Books section of the college Library. It intrigued me enough to check it out and the next thing I know ...
Post-Modernism and Deconstruction are exactly like comics. Holy smokes! I recommended it to my professor for next year's seminar. I don't think she saw it quite as serious as I did. Oh well.
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by Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons,
"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."
by Garry Trudeau, New York Times Review of Books,
"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."
by Will Eisner,
"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."
by Neil Gaiman,
"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."
by Art Spiegelman,
"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."
by Alan Moore,
"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."
by Publisher's Weekly,
"[A] rare and exciting work that ingeniously uses comics to examine the medium itself."
by L. A. Times,
"[A] brilliant comic book discussion of what makes comics work."
by Chicago Sun-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."
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.
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