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This review is from: Reinventing Comics (Paperback)
I am a big fan of Scott McCloud. 'Understanding Comics' Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art should be, if it isn't already; a standard textbook for design students on how comics work and how to make the best use of the media. You can also find McCloud on TED talks giving an inspiring lecture that hints on the book reviewed here. Sadly this book falls short on that first book.
To be fair, it was published sometime ago (2007) and tech has moved on enormously in that time (Written before the smartphone and the tablet junior!) and book that theorises on tech is going to take a beating and McCloud certainly got a lot right in quite a few places. But looking from 2014, it's sadly in need of a serious re-write on the tech side. As for the other material it feels like a sequel. This is the stuff that didn't make it to Understanding comics, or it expands on material there. It fills some holes and McCloud's enthusiasm come across as always. But after stripping out the outdated technology there's quite a lot gone and I think that at the end of the day perhaps re-inventing comics needs to be re-invented itself.
Should be three stars, but four because he's still a giant.