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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Author(s): Scott McCloud

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This is an exploration of the history, meaning, and art of comics and cartooning. Using comics to examine the medium itself, the author takes the form of a cartoon character and explains the structure, meaning, and appeal of comics, and provides a running analysis of comics as art, literature, and communication. He reaches back to pre-Columbus picture manuscripts and Egyptian monuments to trace the history of the comics and examines their place in today's pop culture.


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"A landmark dissection and intellectual consideration of comics as a valid medium."-- Will Eisner "McCloud is the McLuhan of comics."-- James Gurney, "Dinotopia"

Scott McCloud has been writing, drawing, and examining comics since 1984. Winner of the Eisner and Harvey awards, his works have been translated into more than sixteen languages. Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) called him "just about the smartest guy in comics." He lives with his family in southern California. His online comics and inventions can be found at

General Fields

  • : 9780060976255
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • : 0.522
  • : May 1994
  • : 261mm X 172mm X 14mm
  • : United States
  • : April 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Scott McCloud
  • : Paperback
  • : 9402
  • : English
  • : 741.5
  • : 224
  • : Comic book & cartoon art; History of art / art & design styles
  • : b&w cartoons throughout, 7pp colour illustrations