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Harper Academic

Understanding Comics

by Scott McCloud

On Sale: 04/27/1994

Price: $24.99

Understanding Comics

by Scott McCloud

On Sale: 04/27/1994

Format:

Price: $24.99

About the Book

In 1994 Scott McCloud tore down the wall between high and low culture with Understanding Comics, a comic book about comics, which linked the medium to such diverse fields as media theory, movie criticism, and web design. Since its publication, Understanding Comics has found a place in all sorts of college courses—from composition and the art of narrative to graphic design and graphic novels.

With McCloud as their guide, students will unravel the secrets of telling a story—and they’ll see how each step along the way is filled with possible pitfalls and artistic possibilities.

Critical Praise

“If you read, write, teach or draw comics; if you want to; or if you simply want to watch a master explainer at work, you must read this book.” - Neil Gaiman

“McCloud’s masterwork is not just an indispensable treatise on comics, it’s also the best primer around on visual literacy and the mechanics of storytelling. A must-read for anyone interested in narrative of any kind.” - Alison Bechdel

“Cleverly disguised as an easy-to-read comic book, Scott McCloud’s simple-looking tome deconstructs the secret language of comics while casually revealing secrets of time, space, art and the cosmos! The most intelligent comics I’ve seen in a long time. Bravo.” - Art Spiegelman

“Reading Understanding Comics blew my teenage mind, and gave me a toolbox full of ideas that I still use today.” - Raina Telgemeier

“The best analysis of the medium that I have ever encountered.” - Alan Moore

“BRAVO!! ... A landmark dissection and intellectual consideration of comics as a valid medium. ... Anyone interested in this literary form must read it.” - Will Eisner

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060976255
  • ISBN 10: 006097625X
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 04/27/1994
  • Trimsize: 6.750 in (w) x 10.250 in (h) x 0.583 in (d)
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price: $24.99
  • BISAC1 : COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General
  • BISAC2 : HUMOR / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons
  • BISAC3 : LITERARY CRITICISM / Humor