Ligent things about comics and eating mini cupcakes and laughing at my dogs we also picked a name for ur accidentally all female group Jugs Capes I know you re very jealousAnyway 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 ften happens to me I was willing to believe that at least he was smart enough to have earned the right to talk about all f this So while there were a few points when I found him a bit condescending a bit cloyingly didactic n the whole I learned a lot about comics and how to think about them and that was great I though I was going to write about some f the things I learned but it s late and I m tired and honestly ne f the things he does best is really use the illustrations and the text in the best symbiotic way enhancing and augmenting ne another throughout and so it seems like it would be reductive and dismissive for me to try to summarize his points with words alone So read the book And then you ll get it for yourselfOh but except for ne thing which is so cool I just have to share it He talks a lot about how the reader is complicit in the telling Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge of a comic story because so much happens between the panels in the gutter where the reader has to invent what is goingn to connect ne image to another He uses as an example a panel with an axe wielding man chasing another guy and shouting Now you re going to die Then the next panel is the utside The Witches Ball of a building withnly an Aieeee screaming Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book out Anyway see my point how much extra describing I have to do just to get to what he does with like two pictures he then says To kill a character between panels is to condemn him to a thousand deaths See Because each reader will make hisherwn decision about when and how the axe falls how much blood comes ut how many strikes are needed the specific choreography f the death Amazing This is a book n art and philosophy disguised as a book n comics disguised as a comic bookA brilliant must read for any fan The Deadline of comics art philosophy and beautyAhmad EddeebMay 2016 Understanding Comics is a comic about comics by Scott McCloudI remember when this book cameut in 1993 My fifteen year ld self scoffed I ve been reading comics for years What can this book teach me Twenty five years later and a thousand comics later n the heels Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling of rereading Zot I decided to finally give it a shot I was apprehensive at first since you really have to scrape to find a negative reviewf Understanding Comics Did so many people like it Ready to Restore or were they afraid to admit they didn tUnderstanding Comics traces therigin f comics back to the ancient Egyptians and ther pre Columbian people This might be a bit Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel of a stretch but McCloud explains himself fairly well More interesting to me was the explanationf the mechanism Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) of comics and how they workn the human brain like the gutter in between panels and the visual language Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History of comicsWhile I found a lotf the book interesting I think your enjoyment level Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio of Understanding Comics will dependn why you read comics If you read them because they fascinate you and you see them as an art form this is your book If you read them for escapism and entertainment parts Regarde, c'est maman ! of Understanding Comics will feel like someone reading you the nutritional informationf your food while you re eating itRemember the part in the beginning The Bricklayer of Dead Poet Society when Professor Keating has them tear a sectionut f their textbook Some f the analytical parts Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation of the book feel like the good Professor would have turned them into confetti like the three axesf The Picture Plane Reality and Meaning r graphing scene transitions
"Into Moment To Moment Action "Moment to Moment Action Action Subject to Subject Scene to Scene Aspect to Aspect and Non SeuiturAll that being said knowing why things are the way they are and why they work was than worth my time Not nly that it shows Scott McCloud s skill as a writer and artist that he took a subject that could have been drier than a desert and made it fun and interesting I expect I ll be dipping back into it from time to time along with How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way Four ut f five stars Great book but I m too annoyed to give it four Stars It S Amateurish But I Believe It s amateurish but I believe you re aware Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West of how great a book is while you re reading it it s not working at its best You can goh 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 Eating Thin for Life: Food Secrets Recipes from People Who Have Lost Weight Kept It Off or particularly poignant I guess the idea is to understand the basic structure and potentialf comic art but must it be so academic and dry The book doesn t limit itself to the conventional art theory but rather ventures into fundamental epistemological and phenomenological debates It s informative and eye pening but not particularly relevant like every single ther art theory textbook Except this We, the People one has picturesr should I say integrated with pictures Understanding Comics is a misleading title perhaps How to and why you should appreciate comics would suit the purpose Single of the book better Majorityf people in terms f an audience that is likely to pick up a comic related theory book has little trouble understanding the intention f the Es as Art Spiegelman Matt Groening and Will Eisner Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics is a seminal examination f comics art its rich history surprising technical co. I love the idea f this conversation than I love the application at least in this book While I find the concepts themselves fascinating I found the book the application at least in this book While I find the concepts themselves fascinating I found the book The verall 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 ne and the concepts explored particularly the role f the reader and the reuired brain work involved in reading comics were interesting I m glad this book is ut there I just wish I personally enjoyed it 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 Showa, 1939-1944: A History of Japan 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 Barthesr 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 The Book Of The Superiority Of Dogs Over Many Of Those Who Wear Clothes of his theories are a little wingnut he basically argues that comics are the simultaneously the culminationf human achievement and the basis f it but y know I love me a wingnut theory So So yeah I am going to be n the lookout for the next Rescuing a Werewolf ones AND for McCloud s non meta is there a prefix that means not meta comics it sne Making Women Pay of the best examples i ve foundf someone writing so specifically about a topic that the bservations and implications become absolutely universalthink about it hamlet is completely consumed in his little world and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark and nly denmark and centuries later we still perform the play and read it and think that that is us up there struggling with ur problems just with a different namethis is what mccloud achieves here he is so fixated and clear in talking about comics that the scope f his thought travels to all corners The Jesuit of creativity art and human endeavorthis is notnly a testament to the validity With Bound Hands of comics as an artform and mccloud s masteryf it but also to the microscopic differences between the various supposedly discreet arts and vocabularies thereof when viewed from the vantage Rim of the Pit of a close and sensitive readf any You Can Beat the Odds onef them in particulara book that renews your faith in people s ability to communicate with and understand each ther I really appreciate that this book exists It s nice that something was created to help people understand the language f comics what they are what they can be what makes them special and so forthThat 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 n color which I think has come a little dated by now such as the chapter n color which I think has come a way since the early 90s particularly due to the use f computers But there are so many parts that articulate things that we as readers may have never realized we were doing such as reading between the panels as discussed in Chapter 3I think McCloud did a great job f including all kinds f comics from Schultz to Spiegelman to LeeKirby to Otomo without placing Value On One Than on ne than I also liked the parallels he drew between comics and ther art forms although he emphasized visual arts far than literature which in some ways makes sense but I feel it neglects the fact that these are comic books Even in Chapter 6 which was dedicated to how language and words combine to form comics I did not notice any analysis f how comics stand up to Mic manual de campanie electorală other formsf literature However in the chapter dedicated to the artistic process I thought what McCloud had to say The Big Book of Maker Skills: Tools Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects on the subject was so perfectly universal to all art including literatureOverall definitely an insightful read for anyone who enjoys juxtaposed pictorial andther images in deliberate seuence Scott McCloud s love and understanding f comics is beautifully and simply expressed here So much so that it increased my love and understanding f comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future As I was reading One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones other peoples reviews and discussions about this book I noticed that most people are intrigued with the idea that the simpler the charactern the page is the easier it is for the reader to identify with the character This is something that I noticed myself long before I read this book so it wasn t so revolutionary to me BUT his chapter Just Joking on time and expressing time in space in comics truly blew my mind when I read it It made me see and truly understand so much about pacing in comics It helped me form what I like to call my internal gear shift As a reader I didn t focusn speed f my reading and ver time the Times of Trouble (A Time Travel Anthology) only speed for reading became as fast as possible but in comics this can be a huge disadvantage especially when going through slower and solemn scenes Now when I see a comic page and take a look at the compositionf the panels I know when the story demands BENAAMI of me to go fasterr slower and I am grateful for this new found knowledge This book is an excellent start for anyone who wants to learn about comics and I certainly will continue my research n this topic Holy shit I m starting a graphic novel book club This is ur inaugural book and I m so excitedWe had ur first meeting today and in addition to saying terribly intel. 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