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As all good card-carrying comic-book fans know, their sheer passion will never overcome narrow-minded critics and their baying cries of derision. There is far more to this perpetually underrated medium than a mix of art and prose. With this indispensable, spellbinding tome, writer/artist Scott McCloud rises to the challenge of dissecting what remains the most enigmatic of art forms. After all, says McCloud, "No other art form gives so much to its audience while asking so much from them as well". Over the course of 215 impeccably formed pages, McCloud joyously exposes and deconstructs a hidden world of icons in a most literate and valid manner. His charming guidance finds a place where Time and Space is effortlessly malleable and the reader is both a willing accomplice and necessary vessel for comics' singular magic. Cunningly presented in comic form, McCloud (or his comic equivalent) conducts a journey that spans thousands of years, taking in art from Prehistoric Man to the Egyptians to Van Gogh to Jack Kirby. Never has psychological and cultural analysis been so understandably clear, beautifully aided by clever visuals and his truly infectious love for the medium. By the end of this funny, charming, rare and exciting book, you'll not doubt the notion that a comic book "...is a vacuum into which our identity and awareness are pulled ... an empty shell that we inhabit which enables us to travel to another realm". A fine exchange for a little faith and a world of imagination. --Danny Graydon
"A landmark dissection and intellectual consideration of comics as a valid medium." -- -- Will Eisner
"McCloud is the McLuhan of comics." -- -- James Gurney, Dinotopia
Fantastic introduction for anyone wanting to understand the language of comic based storytelling. Writers, artists editors and readers will enjoy Scott's book.Published 4 months ago by Alexander Finbow
If you want to create comic books, or even if you simply want the knowledge to appreciate them better as an art form, Understanding Comics should be the first book you purchase. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Clint Johnson
A must have for comics creators or anyone involved in visual storytelling.Published 9 months ago by Frog Feet
Scott McCloud clearly outlines the ideas and practices concerned with comics. It is an entertaining and enlightening read!Published 13 months ago by Kristen Hiemstra
the book arrived sooner than i expected! i'm really glad that it did because it was a gift for a friend for christmas. didn't get a chance to look at it closely.Published 21 months ago by May
This is a must read for everyone who has every wondered "why comics?" or even "why pictures?"
Simply and effectively drawn and read.