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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 theories are a little wingnut he basically argues that comics are the simultaneously the culmination of human achievement and the basis of it but y know I love me a wingnut theory So So yeah I am going to be on the lookout for the next ones AND for McCloud s non meta is there a prefix that means not meta comics. 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 was taught to be as specific and detailed as I could be about characters and places McCloud says that realistic depictions of characters such as in superhero comics are actually less relatable than simple characters such as Charlie Brown or Nancy, or most manga Less is , in a way That s like suggesting that minimalism something like Raymond Carver s stories, or Ernest Hemingway s stories invite readers in because we as readers have space to be the characters, to connect with them Maybe this is less true for non comics fiction, though But McCloud is interesting.Review from before I ve used this book many times to teach comics basics It s the best book I ve found for doing this, and it s in a comics format, with McCloud as the cartoony and erudite narrator While thoroughly practical, it s also the most philosophical and thorough and at the same time efficient guide to the craft McCloud also wrote Making Comics, for comics artists This book is one of the classics of comic history, one of its great books for helping you understand and appreciate comics for their potential complexity as an hybrid art form, without question If you want to know how comics are made in all its range of possibilities, and if you want to take see why this interrelated telling of visuals and words should be taken seriously as art and literature and cultural commentary and entertainment, this is the book for you. 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 doesn t limit itself to the conventional art theory, but rather ventures into fundamental epistemological and phenomenological debates It s informative and eye opening, but not particularly relevant, like every single other art theory textbook Except this one has pictures or 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 of the book better Majority of people in terms of an audience that is likely to pick up a comic related theory book has little trouble understanding the intention of the drawing and writing we can feel the atmosphere, be moved by the characters and thrilled by the action Appreciating the history, concept and techniques that help build it up are, however, often overlooked Much like film and literature, comics require a lot of conceptual and aesthetic decision to make it effective and communicative, and McCloud tries hard to evaluate the general methods that are used to convey these expressions It would work better if he utilise specific works rather than general rules , and most of them only applicable to mainstream comics The last chapter goes on about the importance of understanding , and how comics can serve as a great tool of communication Frankly it is a bit arrogant to me No matter what your medium ink and paper, music, written words, motion picture, performance, construction, we as the audience give ourselves far less credit when apprehending these art forms We are subjected to arbitrary education, test and criticism that are meant to guide our understanding of the creator s concept and execution how to read them, how to properly experience them, how to get the most of it like the artist wants us to I feel as though McCloud is saying, I m the creator, and you are the reader Through these lines and colour, I m telling you what is being expressed Do you get it DO YOU GET IT Fuck this I don t have understand everything in order to appreciate it, have you never read Pynchon or seen anything David Lynch Comic art is merely another form of story telling, it is equally capable of being as representational or avant garde as any other art form Understanding comics is serious business why is it serious why not just go out and say respecting comics is serious business McCloud also comments on how the merit of comics lies in its ability to convey individual voices through mass production really now If you want personal expression, why not read a few blogs, talk to strangers in the park, speaker s corner, open mic, go to a concert, underground gig, restaurant, flickr, public toilet, open market, join whatever radical societies there are out there It is almost ridiculous to have to remind people that comics are capable of being expressionistic, and please don t try to say your choice of material expresses something profound, original than the others or with efficiency Why the fuck should it be efficient Aren t you arguing that comics can be art too Then why should it be readable, straightforward and commercial like everything else GAH I m angry What McCloud is saying is that as an artist you have control over the output But at least for me, I don t care if you came up with the entire concept or worked in a team as long as the outcome is insightful and fun And then he started talking about the human condition and how we can fix the world with reading comics YEAH And then there are angels reading comics, statues of bullied comic readers, massive yin yang symbol montage of great art works The world map Epic lightening THE TRUTH WILL SHINE THROUGH real quote That goes on for about 20 pages Dear comic art Don t overestimate yourself, not because you re insignificant Yes you have a long history indeed, and we understand you re not just some flat tone sexist superhero adventure, and that you can be as postmodern as any other art school asshole graduate Message received Picture above single panel from Moebius 40 Days in the Desert I don t get it, but it s awesome. Understanding Comics is a comic about comics by Scott McCloud.I remember when this book came out in 1993 My fifteen year old self scoffed I ve been reading comics for years What can this book teach me Twenty five years later and a thousand comics later, on the heels 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 review of Understanding Comics Did so many people like it or were they afraid to admit they didn t Understanding Comics traces the origin of comics back to the ancient Egyptians and other pre Columbian people This might be a bit of a stretch but McCloud explains himself fairly well More interesting to me was the explanation of the mechanism of comics and how they work on the human brain, like the gutter in between panels and the visual language of comics.While I found a lot of the book interesting, I think your enjoyment level of Understanding Comics will depend on 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 of Understanding Comics will feel like someone reading you the nutritional information of your food while you re eating it.Remember the part in the beginning of Dead Poet Society when Professor Keating has them tear a section out of their textbook Some of the analytical parts of the book feel like the good Professor would have turned them into confetti, like the three axes of The Picture Plane, Reality, and Meaning, or graphing scene transitions into Moment to Moment, Action to Action, Subject to Subject, Scene to Scene, Aspect to Aspect, and Non Sequitur.All that being said, knowing why things are the way they are and why they work was than worth my time Not only 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 out of five stars.