- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1st HarperPerennial Ed edition (10 May 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006097625X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060976255
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.5 x 26 cm
- Average Customer Review: 97 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art Paperback – 10 May 2001
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As all good card-carrying comic-book fans know, their sheer passion will never overcome narrow-minded critics and their baying cries of derision. There is far more to this perpetually underrated medium than a mix of art and prose. With this indispensable, spellbinding tome, writer/artist Scott McCloud rises to the challenge of dissecting what remains the most enigmatic of art forms. After all, says McCloud, "No other art form gives so much to its audience while asking so much from them as well". Over the course of 215 impeccably formed pages, McCloud joyously exposes and deconstructs a hidden world of icons in a most literate and valid manner. His charming guidance finds a place where Time and Space is effortlessly malleable and the reader is both a willing accomplice and necessary vessel for comics' singular magic. Cunningly presented in comic form, McCloud (or his comic equivalent) conducts a journey that spans thousands of years, taking in art from Prehistoric Man to the Egyptians to Van Gogh to Jack Kirby. Never has psychological and cultural analysis been so understandably clear, beautifully aided by clever visuals and his truly infectious love for the medium. By the end of this funny, charming, rare and exciting book, you'll not doubt the notion that a comic book "...is a vacuum into which our identity and awareness are pulled ... an empty shell that we inhabit which enables us to travel to another realm". A fine exchange for a little faith and a world of imagination. --Danny Graydon
“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)
“McCloud’s masterwork is not just an indispensable treatise on comics, it’s also the best primer around on visual literacy and the mechanics of storytelling. A must-read for anyone interested in narrative of any kind.” (Alison Bechdel)
“Cleverly disguised as an easy-to-read comic book, Scott McCloud’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)
“Reading Understanding Comics blew my teenage mind, and gave me a toolbox full of ideas that I still use today.” (Raina Telgemeier)
“The best analysis of the medium that I have ever encountered.” (Alan Moore)
“BRAVO!! ... A landmark dissection and intellectual consideration of comics as a valid medium. ... Anyone interested in this literary form must read it.” (Will Eisner)
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A great read, too.
This book was recommended to me when I asked about books for design as "not totally about design book but a must read for a designer".
I'm just going to say that this is one of the best informative books I've ever read!
It is an eye-opener & mind-blowing experience.
I recommend it for absolutely everyone, whether you are interested in comics themselves, design, or art in general.
There is no way you are going to regret buying this book.
All the best for everyone.
This book has given me a new appreciation for comics. I've read graphic novels completely differently since reading it. I now really notice the authors' styles, savour each frame, and I feel like I have a deeper understanding of the stories now than I would've before. I also appreciate the time and effort that goes into making a good comic and find it unfortunate that comics are generally not taken very seriously.
I will never look at comics the same way again, and in some ways I will never look at art the same way again either. This book is both for those experienced and very inexperienced with comics. Very thought-provoking but also an entertaining read!
The way that the book is written in a comic book style is a fantastic way of illustrating the ideas and concepts that the book discusses aswell as being a refreshing change from a text heavy book. Using this style of narration this book discusses theoritical ideas about illustration or indeed any graphic art form in away that other books struggle to do, without being overly complex.
this book has really helped and helping me with my studies (good for references!)
Done in a very accessible and original cartoon style it should be on every cartoonists bookshelf.
Probably the definitive guide to creating comics.
If you have any desire to get into comic creation you need to read this book.
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