I used to read comics when I was younger – most often Archie comics or X-Men comics. I was fascinated by the stark contrast they provided to books; in a way, they felt more intriguing. I was drawn by the color; the life-like characters; the over-the-top dialogue. Little did I know that I was being drawn by so [...]
As a comics enthusiast, a filmmaker, and animator choosing to read Scott McCloud’s “Understanding comics” (finally) was almost a no-brainer. Prior to actually reading the book I knew it was a seminal work among comic artists, graphic novelists, and anyone who has ever had to work with storyboards, but I found myself wondering why a [...]
What makes Scott McCloud’s book, Understanding Comics such a classic? It was written in 1993 and despite all sorts of changes on the media frontier, it remains a book required or recommended in any media studies program.
Scott has a way of turning the history of comics into a history of visual media – or [...]