Posted by: Doc Comics | January 25, 2018

Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics” turns 25

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It’s hard to understate the impact that Scott McCloud has had on comics scholarship. His 1993 book Understanding Comics revolutionized how the public and many fans perceive the comics medium, igniting debate and introspection over the power of comics. His books and concise explanations have become must-read touchstones for most Comics Studies courses because of his elegance in conveying the invisible art of much visual communication. McCloud’s 2005 TEDtalk “The Visual Magic of Comics” is a wonderful primer.

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You can listen to a fascinating interview with the 99%invisible podcast, wherein Scott returns to contemplate the legacy of his ideas: “Powerful visual communication both speaks and is silent.”


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