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Old 06 June 2005   #1
Interested in the Comic Book artform - check it out

I originally posted this in Paperclips Traditional Media thread, but decided that it might be useful to start a thread given the specific nature of the topic.

"Understanding Comics" by Scott McCloud is a terrific and highly original study of the comic artform. McCloud presents his analysis of comics using a comic book format.

his website:

http://www.scottmccloud.com


From the Critics


"In one lucid, well-designed chapter after another, he 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 Book Review






"If you’ve ever felt bad about wasting your life reading comics, then check out Scott McCloud’s classic book immediately. You still might feel you’ve wasted your life, but you’ll know why, and you’ll be proud."
-- Matt Groenning, Creator of The Simpsons






"A rare and exciting work that ingeniously uses comics to examine the medium itself."
-- Publishers Weekly







Scott McCloud also has written "Reinventing Comics" I gotta check it out.

Overview:

The controversial 242-page follow-up to U.C. advocates 12 different revolutions in the way comics are created, distributed and perceived with special emphasis on the potential of Online Comics. Nearly every page seemed to step on somebody's toes, and the debates in the comics industry over comics on the Web have gotten increasingly heated since its publication. Reinventing Comics is the only book I've ever written that's been actually described as "dangerous."

-Scott McCloud


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Old 06 June 2005   #2
Scott's book is like a bible for anyone interested in comic books. It's by far the best book on the subject I've ever seen, and the only one that goes into detail about the differences between manga and western comics. Anyone who loves comics should read it. Anyone who doesn't love comics should read it too--because it'll open up their eyes. I've had my copy for over a decade, and I still can't get over how great the book is.
 
Old 06 June 2005   #3
Originally Posted by Lunatique: Scott's book is like a bible for anyone interested in comic books. It's by far the best book on the subject I've ever seen, and the only one that goes into detail about the differences between manga and western comics. Anyone who loves comics should read it. Anyone who doesn't love comics should read it too--because it'll open up their eyes. I've had my copy for over a decade, and I still can't get over how great the book is.


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have you had the chance to read or see "Reinventing Comics"? If so what do you think?

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Old 06 June 2005   #4
Just thought I'd share this Scott McCloud reference from Penny Arcade.

Anyway, I loved Understanding Comics but never picked up Reinventing Comics for some reason -- it just didn't seem relevant to me at the time. Did you read it, Gord? I'd love to hear from somebody who has.
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Old 06 June 2005   #5
Originally Posted by Ilikesoup: Just thought I'd share this Scott McCloud reference from Penny Arcade.

Anyway, I loved Understanding Comics but never picked up Reinventing Comics for some reason -- it just didn't seem relevant to me at the time. Did you read it, Gord? I'd love to hear from somebody who has.


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Not yet - I think I am going to do a serious 'thumbing' of it at Chapters bookstore, and really consider buying it. It usually takes me awhile do decide on buying some books - if I do end up buying them, then they typically end up being life long companions. I will post once I get a
chance to see it.

BTW thanks for the link - Gord

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Old 06 June 2005   #6
This book is indeed excellent. It's the required text for the Introduction to Sequential Art course at SCAD. I got my copy when I was a freshman, and even though I've grown to loathe making comics, I still get a slight tinge of affection for them when I read through this book again.
 
Old 06 June 2005   #7
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Old 06 June 2005   #8
I've also heard good things about Will Eisner's "Comics & Sequential Art" and his "Graphics Storytelling"
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Old 06 June 2005   #9
Originally Posted by slaughters: I've also heard good things about Will Eisner's "Comics & Sequential Art" and his "Graphics Storytelling"


Will Eisner is in the acknowledgements of "Understanding Comics". Eisners work looks pretty comprehensive.

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