The bestselling international classic on storytelling and visual communication You must read this book Neil GaimanPraised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, Scott McCloud s Understanding Comics is a seminal examination of comics art its rich history, surprising technical components, and major culturalThe bestselling international classic on storytelling and visual communication You must read this book Neil GaimanPraised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, Scott McCloud s Understanding Comics is a seminal examination of comics art its rich history, surprising technical components, and major cultural significance Explore the secret world between the panels, through the lines, and within the hidden symbols of a powerful but misunderstood art form.
Understanding Comics The Invisible Art The bestselling international classic on storytelling and visual communication You must read this book Neil GaimanPraised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman Matt Gro
I finished reading it for my comics YA Graphic novels class this summer, 6 16 16 and now again, 8 8 17 I ll read this and use it to help people understand comics every year It s the primary source though there are many good books coming out What I have to add is that I had a fun conversation with my class about one insightful claim McCloud makes, that the simpler and cartoony a comic representation is i.e a smiley face , the universal it will be, the we will say that s me In fiction classes I [...]
Great book, but I m too annoyed to give it four stars It s amateurish, but I believe if you re aware of how great a book is while you re reading it, it s not working at its best You can go oh wow that s such a clever way to illustrate this idea, and the text is so effective , but it s a bit like reading an instruction manual, and nothing personal or particularly poignant I guess the idea is to understand the basic structure and potential of comic art, but must it be so academic and dry The book [...]
Scott McCloud s love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions about this book I noticed that most people are intrigued with the idea that the simpler the character on the page is, the easier it is for the reader to identify with the character This is something that I noticed myself lo [...]
Holy shit I m starting a graphic novel book club This is our inaugural book and I m so excited We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our accidentally all female group Jugs Capes I know you re very jealous.Anyway, I was extremely impressed by this book I can tell that Scott McCloud thinks that he is terrifically important and probably a genius, but, as often hap [...]
I really appreciate that this book exists It s nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth.That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted Chapter 2, I m looking at you , and there are parts that are a little dated by now such as the chapter on color, which I think has come a long way since the early 90s, particularly due to the use of computers But there are so many parts that a [...]
it s one of the best examples i ve found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universalink about it hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark and only denmark and centuries later, we still perform the play and read it and think that that is us up there struggling with our problems, just with a different nameis is what mccloud achieves here he is so fixated and cl [...]
Well, I also think this book was brilliant, just like everybody else I was like, how could he possible have two hundred and fourteen pages of things to say about comics but then I d heard it was brilliant for so long from so many people that I gave it a shot And it is just theory It s like reading Roland Barthes or somebody, but in comics, which makes it easier fun, which I think is in keeping with Mr McCloud s idea that comics are the best thing in the whole universe I mean, some of his theori [...]
This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book A brilliant must read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty Ahmad EddeebMay 2016
Don t gimme that comic book talk, Barney McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992 his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular acceptance and artistic merit Some respect at last
I love the idea of this conversation than I love the application at least in this book While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn t compelling to me I really struggled to finish this book But as I said, the conversation is a good one, and the concepts explored particularly the role of the reader and the required brain work involved in reading comics were interesting I m glad this book is out there I just wis [...]
FASCINATING book I d heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago It took me a week to go through it reading a bit every night before bed , but it s honestly a pretty quick read Most people could probably get through it in a couple of hours.What I found in the pages of this book is an excellent explanation of what happens to us as we read comics, how our mind interprets information and the e [...]
amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format worthy of mcluhan and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it as an art form down to the technical and philosophical levels not just comic but also how human mind works to allow the storytelling to happen through sequencing, line, and meaning all the things we take for granted c [...]
3.5 rounded up with indulgence for its possible usefulnessIf a book work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the too many details and obvious clarifications.However, it seems to me like an excellent initiative, as it could be extremely useful for those who are just getting acquainted with the comics universe or for those who want to sta [...]
I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult I picked up Understanding Comics because there is so much to learn and I wanted a better grasp on the art form And it is art, it might not be as highbrow as artists like Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet or my personal favourite Michelangelo Merisi da Caravagg [...]
A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media in the guise, naturally, of a comic book A non fiction comic book.Everyone should read this elegant classic and its two sequels , just for some basic 20th 21st century cultural literacy It does what the very best books do makes you see the world differently, through changed eyes.Ta, L.
this book was intriguing, but also annoying a comic book about comics what a great idea i wanted it to be better than it was.ultimately, i m glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics themes that i m now inclined to think about on my own as i read comics and reflect on the ones i ve already read i.e issues of time, motion, panel sequence, reader perception, artistic style etc but on the whole i was not thrilled with mccloud s own exposition and analysis o [...]
Perhaps the best explanation of how a particular artistic medium works that I ve ever seen McCloud wrote this at a time when the artistic merit of comics graphic novels was still in doubt in some corners, so clearly that animates a lot of the discussion He really demolishes any doubt about their legitimacy, and in the process created quite a comic himself Understanding Comics is one phenomenal piece of analysis and it s far than just a treatise on one medium His meditations on comic forms and h [...]
I have used this with my English 4 classes and will be using it next year with my Intro to the Graphic Novel course This is a wonderful study in how the comic form of writing works I think the graphic novel is going to become a and important form of literature Just look at the movie scene lately and check out how many derived from graphic novels, and that is not just the superhero movies from Marvel and DC Comics.McCloud deeply and thoughtfully explores how sequential art works on our minds an [...]
I found this book to be, in roughly equal measure, charming and irritating as hell When McCloud was dealing with the nuts and bolts of how comics work, it was illuminating and the decision to write the book as a comic really came into its own There were all sorts of clever ways in which he could use the very medium of his exposition to offer insight into comics But when he launched himself into generalities about the importance of comics, the nature of artistic creation, language and meaning, et [...]
Understanding Comics is a pretty clever book, using the medium of comics to talk seriously about comics which is very likely to be dismissed by those who either insist comics should all be fun and therefore if they re not interested in this, it s no good or all comics are fun and therefore have no serious value That s a mistake I hadn t heard of this before I started the Coursera course I m doing on comics, but I don t need any prompting to take it seriously.Possibly my favourite insight from it [...]
Como disse um professor querido meu no interc mbio if you re interested in life in general, you should read this book E bem isso mesmo, porque este livro perpassa a tem tica te rica dos quadrinhos e arte sequencial Fala sobre arte, nossa rela o com imagens e como imagens se comportam Voc s simplesmente P R E C I S A M ler este livro
As you may gather from the title, this is less a history of comics although there is some of that and a thesis statement about what they are and how they work McCloud is an engaging narrator, although the first chapter is a little dry He s defining what comics are , so that probably can t be helped As some other reviewers have noted, the technology has advanced since McCloud wrote this in the early 90 s particularly, I m guessing, when it comes to color , but the ideas are still contemporary A [...]
A fabulous and totally unexpected delight I came to this book after reading McCloud s The Sculptor, so I already knew that he had a firm grip on how to produce an outstanding comic.I thought I was getting an Eisner or Kirby style How To guide for the craft and business of comics writing, and instead was treated to a brilliant treatise on art history, human perception, the role of symbols in communication, and how we use art to communicate with one another Understanding comics is a How To guide, [...]
Ser a rid culo revisar Understanding comics como un comic cualquiera demasiado meta para m pero lo que puedo decir es que es un excelente viaje por la conquista del sentido visual.Scott te da mucha perspicacia no solo en lo que a la historia de los comics se refiere sino a todos los contrastes que el medio sufre hasta 1994 y un gran an lisis de todos los gimmicks que un artista escritor debe usar para transmitir su mensaje , y lograr que sea universal, McCloud intenta tambi n darle esperanza al [...]
Even if you re not interested in comics and graphic novels, McCloud s book might get you interested Rather brilliantly, McCloud uses the medium of comics itself for a philosophical meditation on the nature and possibilities of comics He does reflect a little bit on the prehistoric and pre modern origins of comics, but this is not a history lesson Rather, he explores the specific nature of comics as sequential art and the potential of the form to explore new modes of expression It s really super [...]
A clear overview of the form and structure of comics Scott McCloud s deep understanding of the history and functions of art makes this an insightful and informative read.
I could spend a long time writing about this book and telling you what the book is actually about and what is included, but that is not my purpose Rather I m here to tell you whether the book is worth reading What the book is about is self explanatory as the title says it all in very plain language Written in 1992, I had wondered whether this much lauded book was worth reading as I thought it might be out dated and irrelevant by this time It is certainly worth reading and probably required readi [...]
This one s a classic, of course There were many eye opening moments to me in here The part about the cartoon face being a representation of how we see ourselves really blew my mind, especially that when we see two dots and a line that, not only can we make a face out of it, we have to And how the simplistic the representation, the universal it is to the reader I also like how he illustrated how our minds fill in the space between panels to create our own continuity.With comic art becoming and [...]
This is an indispensable and fundamentally exhaustive exploration of the comics medium presented in the medium itself While it presents some fairly complex ideas of how comics work McCloud uses the medium itself to good effect to demonstrate his meaning.I, do however, have to take issue with his strangely vociferous insistence that one panel cartoons are not comics while I loathe the Family Circus as much as the next thinking person, I think McCloud is too hung up on the literal need for sequent [...]
I appreciated the concepts here much better my second time through My favorite chapters were on lines and time, and how we use gutter space between panels to do our own world building and characterization of the people we re reading about He covers a little bit about Japanese manga, too, which becomes revelatory when compared to mainstream US comics But the gender essentialism and implicit sexual assault cartoon at the end of the book were still pretty gross.