Understanding Comics

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Kitchen Sink Press, 1993 - Caricatures and cartoons - 215 pages
In this book you will: "take a magic carpet ride through the hidden worlds of comics storytelling ; witness a history more than 3,000 years old ; explore the secrets between the panels ; feel the energy of line and color ; tap into the power of symbols ; get a ring-side seat for the battle of words and pictures ; and most of all, see why comics can be as vital and important as film, prose or any other art form, through the fascinating process that leads to really understanding comics."

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About the author (1993)

Scott McCloud was born Scott McLeod on June 10, 1960 in Boston. He decided he wanted to be a comics artist in 1975. He attended and graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1982. He created the light-hearted science fiction/superhero comic book series Zot! in 1984. His other print comics include Destroy!!, the graphic novel The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln, 12 issues writing DC Comics' Superman Adventures, and the three-issue limited series Superman: Strength. He is best known as a comics theorist following the publication in 1993 of Understanding Comics, a wide-ranging exploration of the definition, history, vocabulary, and methods of the medium of comics, itself in comics form. He created a comic book that formed the press release introducing Google's web browser, Google Chrome, which was published on September 1, 2008. McCloud was the principal author of the Creator's Bill of Rights, a 1988 document with the stated aim of protecting the rights of comic book creators and help aid against the exploitation of comic artists. In 2015, he made The New York Times Best Seller List with his title The Sculptor.

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