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Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection: 1987-1991: The Complete Black-and-white Stories: 1987-1991 [Paperback]

Scott McCloud
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3 July 2008

Long before manga took the American comics market by storm, Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Making Comics) combined the best ideas from manga, alternative comics, and superheroes into Zot!—a frenetic and innovative exploration of comics' potential that helped set the stage for McCloud's later groundbreaking theoretical work.

Zachary T. Paleozogt lives in "the far-flung future of 1965," a utopian Earth of world peace, robot butlers, and flying cars. Jenny Weaver lives in an imperfect world of disappointment and broken promises—the Earth we live in. Stepping across the portals to each other's worlds, Zot and Jenny's lives will never be the same again.

Now, for the first time since its original publication more than twenty years ago, every one of McCloud's pages from the black and white series has been collected in this must-have commemorative edition for aficionados to treasure and new fans to discover.

Includes never-before-seen artwork and extensive commentary by Scott McCloud

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061537276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061537271
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[A] wonderful collection…highly recommended.” (Library Journal)

“Thoroughly charming...the series’s thoughtful joy spills over into its airy, bouncy design sense.” (Washington Post Book World)

“McCloud is one of the major talents in the comics world.” (Sacramento Book Review)

“Essential...a stunning revelation...the packaging alone is fantastic...It’s long past time for a critical re-appraisal of these tender, delicate, overwhelmingly ambitious early stories, and what they tried to accomplish as well as what they actually did accomplish.” (The Onion A.V. Club)

“A brilliant superhero series that still holds up to the test of time 20 years later.” (Daily News)

“[S]ure to be a treasure trove for McCloud fans or lovers of intelligent retro comics action.” (Publishers Weekly)

“[D]elightful...Zot! has aged surprisingly well, and now it seems prescient in being strongly influenced by Japanese comics well before manga was common in America.” (Booklist)

“Shows that [McCloud] is not only an avid student and chronicler of comics, but an incredibly talented cartoonist...illuminates McCloud’s genius as he blends Eastern and Western comics influences into a mesmerizing superhero tale.” (David Gutowski for Largehearted Boy)

“Honestly, comics just don’t get any better than this.” (Gary Tyrrell for Fleen.com)

“One of comics’ best written, and most overlooked, titles...a stylish, often light-hearted, and yet dramatically compelling comic.” (Edge Boston)

“With a smart-looking trim size and a sharp design that includes cover flaps and a stark-but-beautiful cover, Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection is an admirable addition to one’s bookshelf.” (Comic Book Resources.com)

“To suggest I was enthralled by McCloud’s pop commentary about hope and beauty in the world would be to embrace understatement…well crafted, entertaining and even challenging…9 out of 10.” (Don MacPherson for Eye on Comics.com)

“The classic retrofit of the post-war comics gestalt.” (William Gibson, author of Spook Country)

“Zot! is refreshing, lively, and truly entertaining.” (Samuel R. Delany, author of Dark Reflections)

“Zot! is wonderful…and should please readers of all ages. (Greg Bear, author of Quantico)

“Zot! is a remarkable graphic narrative. ” (Richard A. Lupoff)

About the Author

Scott McCloud has been writing, drawing, and examining comics since 1984. Winner of the Eisner and Harvey awards, his works have been translated into more than sixteen languages. Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) called him "just about the smartest guy in comics." He lives with his family in southern California. His online comics and inventions can be found at scottmccloud.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worlds collide 27 Aug 2008
By S. Bentley VINE VOICE
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Zot! has a certain reputation amongst comic readers of an age. It came from the same stable as Alan Moore's Miracleman of Eclipse comics in the 1980s and approaches a similar idea, of superheroes intruding on the real world, but from an entirely different direction.

Zot is from a parallel Earth that is much more advanced technologically than our own. He has met a girl from our world called Jenny and visits her often. Jenny hates our world and longs for the day when Zot will take her to live in his world, where everything is brighter and good always conquers evil. Zot, optimistic and enthusiastic, faces some surprises in our world, where things are not so clear cut and people are indifferent, but continues to show Jenny that there is much to love about her world. And them both being teenagers, their feelings for each other grow and blossom.

Scott McCloud, the writer and artist on this book, also produced some important texts on the way comics are written, such as Reinventing comics. Zot! was where he learnt his lessons, experimented with comic narratives and wrote some heartfelt stories that deal with growing up. There is enough super hero stuff to keep the book flowing, but it is the emotional stuff that impresses.

The book is, as per the title, completely in black and white. It misses the first ten issues of the series which were in colour but were also a more straightforward super hero story that would misrepresent what Zot! became.

If you like fantasy and romance mixed in with your superheroes, and are happy to chuck out the ultra-violence and posturing, Zot!'s utterly charming storylines are probably what you're looking for. People who like Ultimate Spider-man and Jeff Smith's Bone will probably love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer delight. 26 Aug 2008
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At last we have, if not the complete Zot, the complete black and white Zot which McCloud considers effectively a reboot of his original 10-issue colour series. And who am I to argue? Me, I'm just glad to have to have my Zot collection complete at last.

Zot is a number of things. Partly a joyous celebration of the innocent days of superhero comics -Zot comes from the golden future of 1965; partly a bitter-sweet celebration of adolescence; partly about the clash between fantasy and reality -Jenny, his friend, comes from our world. It's also one of the first American comics to show the influence of manga, the humorous side as opposed to the violent energy of material like Lone Wolf & Cub which was making its initial mark around the same time, but the emphasis is on 'influence' rather than imitation.

This is an early work by McCloud but it hasn't dated,it's just as much fun as it was twenty years ago, indeed it's enhanced by the author's frequent comments on chapters and story arcs.

McCloud features notably in two recent books 500 Essential Graphic Novels: The Ultimate Guide (500 Essential...) and The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels (Rough Guide Specials) (they complement each other well and are recommended equally) largely because of his graphic novel trilogy about reading and creating comics. I'm sure that this book will appear in any future editions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Comics Classic 29 May 2009
By M. B.
Scott McCloud. Before reading Zot! I was familiar with this name and I associated it with words such as "comics professor" or "comics expert". After reading Zot! I now also think of Scott McCloud as both a fantastic artist and a great storyteller. Through this sci-fi teen drama romp we see a master at work. The craft on the page is there for all to see. The variety of stories told was also a pleasant surprise, as Zot! dealt with several social issues in its own way as all good sci-fi does. Buy this and experience a comics classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the Earth Stories alone... 16 May 2009
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I don't have much to add to what the first two reviewers have written here. Except to say that as someone who splashed out on the now-deleted Kitchen Sink collections only to see the final collection (Book 4) fail to appear due to the publisher running out of money, it is a joy to see these comics in print again at long last.

That goes double for the "Earth Stories", which featured in issues 28 to 36 of the original series (issue 36 being the last issue to date). Not only because it was ridiculous that such finely wrought tales should have been so long out of circulation when McCloud was enjoying mainstream success as the author of Understanding Comics and its various sequels (though it was). But because those eight issues represented something rarer than diamonds, not only in comics but in literature and the arts as a whole - in that they came from somewhere unmistakably real in the author's life, were autobiographical in the best sense of the word without surrendering any of their fictional magic, and as such had a power to speak into people's lives, including my own, that I have yet to see matched by any other comic in 20-plus years of collecting.

It was as if, having relaunched the title in black and white with issue 11, McCloud again stepped up a gear with issue 28, taking Zot! and its readers into entirely new emotional territory. As a reader of the original comics, I was relatively late to the party. The first issue I picked up while it was still on the stands rather than in the back issue racks was issue 35. That was on the back of a series of feverish recommendations in the letters pages of other titles. Fortunately, with a bit of persistence and doing the rounds of comics fairs, I was able to dig back and buy up most of the issues I had missed.
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