Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

The bestselling international classic on storytelling and visual communication "You must read this book." ? Neil Gaiman Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics is a seminal examination of comics art: its rich history, surprising technical components, and major cultural The bestselling international classic on storytelling and visual communication "You must read this book...

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Title:Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
Author:Scott McCloud
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Genres:Sequential Art
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:215 pages pages

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art Reviews

  • Jennifer
    Jul 18, 2007

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

    A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media -- in the guise, naturally, of a comic book. A non-fiction comic book. Everyone should read this elegant classic (and its two sequels), just for some basic 20th - 21st century cultural literacy. It does what the very...

    Perhaps the best explanation of how a particular artistic medium works that I've ever seen. McCloud wrote this at a time when the artistic merit of comics/graphic novels was still in doubt in some corners, so clearly that animates a lot of the discussion. He really demolishes any doubt...

    I found this book to be, in roughly equal measure, charming and irritating as hell. When McCloud was dealing with the nuts and bolts of how comics work, it was illuminating and the decision to write the book as a comic really came into its own. There were all sorts of clever ways in wh...

    Absolutely great. Informative, funny and interesting. A must-read for every comic books lover and a great introduction into comics for the hesitating non believers. ...

    Sería ridículo revisar Understanding comics como un comic cualquiera (demasiado meta para mí) pero lo que puedo decir es que es un excelente viaje por la conquista del sentido visual. Scott te da mucha perspicacia no solo en lo que a la historia de los comics se refiere sino a to...

    I have used this with my English 4 classes and will be using it next year with my Intro to the Graphic Novel course. This is a wonderful study in how the comic form of writing works. I think the graphic novel is going to become a more and more important form of literature. Just look at...

    Understanding Comics is a pretty clever book, using the medium of comics to talk seriously about comics -- which is very likely to be dismissed by those who either insist comics should all be fun (and therefore if they're not interested in this, it's no good) or all comics are fun (and...

    Como disse um professor querido meu no intercâmbio: "if you're interested in... life in general, you should read this book". E é bem isso mesmo, porque este livro perpassa a temática teórica dos quadrinhos e arte sequencial. Fala sobre arte, nossa relação com imagens e como image...

    As you may gather from the title, this is less a history of comics (although there is some of that) and more a thesis statement about what they are and how they work. McCloud is an engaging narrator, although the first chapter is a little dry. He's defining what comics "are", so that p...

    A fabulous and totally unexpected delight. I came to this book after reading McCloud's The Sculptor, so I already knew that he had a firm grip on how to produce an outstanding comic. I thought I was getting an Eisner or Kirby style How-To guide for the craft and business of comics w...

    Even if you're not interested in comics and graphic novels, McCloud's book might get you interested. Rather brilliantly, McCloud uses the medium of comics itself for a philosophical meditation on the nature and possibilities of comics. He does reflect a little bit on the prehistoric an...

  • Oriana
    Apr 15, 2010

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

  • Imogen
    Mar 20, 2009

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

  • Tara
    Dec 03, 2008

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

  • Ryan
    Jun 13, 2007

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

  • Joseph
    Jun 30, 2007

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

    A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media -- in the guise, naturally, of a comic book. A non-fiction comic book. Everyone should read this elegant classic (and its two sequels), just for some basic 20th - 21st century cultural literacy. It does what the very...

    Perhaps the best explanation of how a particular artistic medium works that I've ever seen. McCloud wrote this at a time when the artistic merit of comics/graphic novels was still in doubt in some corners, so clearly that animates a lot of the discussion. He really demolishes any doubt...

  • Simon
    Sep 22, 2016

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

    A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media -- in the guise, naturally, of a comic book. A non-fiction comic book. Everyone should read this elegant classic (and its two sequels), just for some basic 20th - 21st century cultural literacy. It does what the very...

    Perhaps the best explanation of how a particular artistic medium works that I've ever seen. McCloud wrote this at a time when the artistic merit of comics/graphic novels was still in doubt in some corners, so clearly that animates a lot of the discussion. He really demolishes any doubt...

    I found this book to be, in roughly equal measure, charming and irritating as hell. When McCloud was dealing with the nuts and bolts of how comics work, it was illuminating and the decision to write the book as a comic really came into its own. There were all sorts of clever ways in wh...

  • Nikki
    Sep 29, 2013

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

    A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media -- in the guise, naturally, of a comic book. A non-fiction comic book. Everyone should read this elegant classic (and its two sequels), just for some basic 20th - 21st century cultural literacy. It does what the very...

    Perhaps the best explanation of how a particular artistic medium works that I've ever seen. McCloud wrote this at a time when the artistic merit of comics/graphic novels was still in doubt in some corners, so clearly that animates a lot of the discussion. He really demolishes any doubt...

    I found this book to be, in roughly equal measure, charming and irritating as hell. When McCloud was dealing with the nuts and bolts of how comics work, it was illuminating and the decision to write the book as a comic really came into its own. There were all sorts of clever ways in wh...

    Absolutely great. Informative, funny and interesting. A must-read for every comic books lover and a great introduction into comics for the hesitating non believers. ...

    Sería ridículo revisar Understanding comics como un comic cualquiera (demasiado meta para mí) pero lo que puedo decir es que es un excelente viaje por la conquista del sentido visual. Scott te da mucha perspicacia no solo en lo que a la historia de los comics se refiere sino a to...

    I have used this with my English 4 classes and will be using it next year with my Intro to the Graphic Novel course. This is a wonderful study in how the comic form of writing works. I think the graphic novel is going to become a more and more important form of literature. Just look at...

    Understanding Comics is a pretty clever book, using the medium of comics to talk seriously about comics -- which is very likely to be dismissed by those who either insist comics should all be fun (and therefore if they're not interested in this, it's no good) or all comics are fun (and...

  • Inggita
    Aug 25, 2007

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

  • David Schaafsma
    Aug 26, 2012

    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 con...

  • Shark
    Dec 06, 2007

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

  • Vanessa
    Jul 21, 2017

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

    A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media -- in the guise, naturally, of a comic book. A non-fiction comic book. Everyone should read this elegant classic (and its two sequels), just for some basic 20th - 21st century cultural literacy. It does what the very...

    Perhaps the best explanation of how a particular artistic medium works that I've ever seen. McCloud wrote this at a time when the artistic merit of comics/graphic novels was still in doubt in some corners, so clearly that animates a lot of the discussion. He really demolishes any doubt...

    I found this book to be, in roughly equal measure, charming and irritating as hell. When McCloud was dealing with the nuts and bolts of how comics work, it was illuminating and the decision to write the book as a comic really came into its own. There were all sorts of clever ways in wh...

    Absolutely great. Informative, funny and interesting. A must-read for every comic books lover and a great introduction into comics for the hesitating non believers. ...

    Sería ridículo revisar Understanding comics como un comic cualquiera (demasiado meta para mí) pero lo que puedo decir es que es un excelente viaje por la conquista del sentido visual. Scott te da mucha perspicacia no solo en lo que a la historia de los comics se refiere sino a to...

    I have used this with my English 4 classes and will be using it next year with my Intro to the Graphic Novel course. This is a wonderful study in how the comic form of writing works. I think the graphic novel is going to become a more and more important form of literature. Just look at...

    Understanding Comics is a pretty clever book, using the medium of comics to talk seriously about comics -- which is very likely to be dismissed by those who either insist comics should all be fun (and therefore if they're not interested in this, it's no good) or all comics are fun (and...

    Como disse um professor querido meu no intercâmbio: "if you're interested in... life in general, you should read this book". E é bem isso mesmo, porque este livro perpassa a temática teórica dos quadrinhos e arte sequencial. Fala sobre arte, nossa relação com imagens e como image...

    As you may gather from the title, this is less a history of comics (although there is some of that) and more a thesis statement about what they are and how they work. McCloud is an engaging narrator, although the first chapter is a little dry. He's defining what comics "are", so that p...

  • Miss Michael
    Aug 04, 2008

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

  • Christy
    Sep 02, 2008

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

  • Dan Schwent
    Nov 20, 2018

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

  • Russell
    Jul 11, 2008

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

    A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media -- in the guise, naturally, of a comic book. A non-fiction comic book. Everyone should read this elegant classic (and its two sequels), just for some basic 20th - 21st century cultural literacy. It does what the very...

    Perhaps the best explanation of how a particular artistic medium works that I've ever seen. McCloud wrote this at a time when the artistic merit of comics/graphic novels was still in doubt in some corners, so clearly that animates a lot of the discussion. He really demolishes any doubt...

    I found this book to be, in roughly equal measure, charming and irritating as hell. When McCloud was dealing with the nuts and bolts of how comics work, it was illuminating and the decision to write the book as a comic really came into its own. There were all sorts of clever ways in wh...

    Absolutely great. Informative, funny and interesting. A must-read for every comic books lover and a great introduction into comics for the hesitating non believers. ...

    Sería ridículo revisar Understanding comics como un comic cualquiera (demasiado meta para mí) pero lo que puedo decir es que es un excelente viaje por la conquista del sentido visual. Scott te da mucha perspicacia no solo en lo que a la historia de los comics se refiere sino a to...

    I have used this with my English 4 classes and will be using it next year with my Intro to the Graphic Novel course. This is a wonderful study in how the comic form of writing works. I think the graphic novel is going to become a more and more important form of literature. Just look at...

  • Mon
    Jan 03, 2011

    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 con...

    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'...

  • أحمد
    May 03, 2016

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

  • Lukáš Gregor
    Jul 30, 2013

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

    A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media -- in the guise, naturally, of a comic book. A non-fiction comic book. Everyone should read this elegant classic (and its two sequels), just for some basic 20th - 21st century cultural literacy. It does what the very...

    Perhaps the best explanation of how a particular artistic medium works that I've ever seen. McCloud wrote this at a time when the artistic merit of comics/graphic novels was still in doubt in some corners, so clearly that animates a lot of the discussion. He really demolishes any doubt...

    I found this book to be, in roughly equal measure, charming and irritating as hell. When McCloud was dealing with the nuts and bolts of how comics work, it was illuminating and the decision to write the book as a comic really came into its own. There were all sorts of clever ways in wh...

    Absolutely great. Informative, funny and interesting. A must-read for every comic books lover and a great introduction into comics for the hesitating non believers. ...

    Sería ridículo revisar Understanding comics como un comic cualquiera (demasiado meta para mí) pero lo que puedo decir es que es un excelente viaje por la conquista del sentido visual. Scott te da mucha perspicacia no solo en lo que a la historia de los comics se refiere sino a to...

    I have used this with my English 4 classes and will be using it next year with my Intro to the Graphic Novel course. This is a wonderful study in how the comic form of writing works. I think the graphic novel is going to become a more and more important form of literature. Just look at...

    Understanding Comics is a pretty clever book, using the medium of comics to talk seriously about comics -- which is very likely to be dismissed by those who either insist comics should all be fun (and therefore if they're not interested in this, it's no good) or all comics are fun (and...

    Como disse um professor querido meu no intercâmbio: "if you're interested in... life in general, you should read this book". E é bem isso mesmo, porque este livro perpassa a temática teórica dos quadrinhos e arte sequencial. Fala sobre arte, nossa relação com imagens e como image...

    As you may gather from the title, this is less a history of comics (although there is some of that) and more a thesis statement about what they are and how they work. McCloud is an engaging narrator, although the first chapter is a little dry. He's defining what comics "are", so that p...

    A fabulous and totally unexpected delight. I came to this book after reading McCloud's The Sculptor, so I already knew that he had a firm grip on how to produce an outstanding comic. I thought I was getting an Eisner or Kirby style How-To guide for the craft and business of comics w...

    Even if you're not interested in comics and graphic novels, McCloud's book might get you interested. Rather brilliantly, McCloud uses the medium of comics itself for a philosophical meditation on the nature and possibilities of comics. He does reflect a little bit on the prehistoric an...

    Vynikající kniha. I kdyby vás nezajímaly p?ímo komiksy, má kniha co ?íct o vztahu mezi ?lov?kem a výtvarným um?ním obecn?. Kdyby takto vypadaly u?ebnice, jak krásn? a snadno by se u?ilo! ...

  • Tristan
    Sep 29, 2017

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

  • Michael
    Sep 23, 2014

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

  • Myke Cole
    Jul 20, 2015

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

    A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media -- in the guise, naturally, of a comic book. A non-fiction comic book. Everyone should read this elegant classic (and its two sequels), just for some basic 20th - 21st century cultural literacy. It does what the very...

    Perhaps the best explanation of how a particular artistic medium works that I've ever seen. McCloud wrote this at a time when the artistic merit of comics/graphic novels was still in doubt in some corners, so clearly that animates a lot of the discussion. He really demolishes any doubt...

    I found this book to be, in roughly equal measure, charming and irritating as hell. When McCloud was dealing with the nuts and bolts of how comics work, it was illuminating and the decision to write the book as a comic really came into its own. There were all sorts of clever ways in wh...

    Absolutely great. Informative, funny and interesting. A must-read for every comic books lover and a great introduction into comics for the hesitating non believers. ...

    Sería ridículo revisar Understanding comics como un comic cualquiera (demasiado meta para mí) pero lo que puedo decir es que es un excelente viaje por la conquista del sentido visual. Scott te da mucha perspicacia no solo en lo que a la historia de los comics se refiere sino a to...

    I have used this with my English 4 classes and will be using it next year with my Intro to the Graphic Novel course. This is a wonderful study in how the comic form of writing works. I think the graphic novel is going to become a more and more important form of literature. Just look at...

    Understanding Comics is a pretty clever book, using the medium of comics to talk seriously about comics -- which is very likely to be dismissed by those who either insist comics should all be fun (and therefore if they're not interested in this, it's no good) or all comics are fun (and...

    Como disse um professor querido meu no intercâmbio: "if you're interested in... life in general, you should read this book". E é bem isso mesmo, porque este livro perpassa a temática teórica dos quadrinhos e arte sequencial. Fala sobre arte, nossa relação com imagens e como image...

    As you may gather from the title, this is less a history of comics (although there is some of that) and more a thesis statement about what they are and how they work. McCloud is an engaging narrator, although the first chapter is a little dry. He's defining what comics "are", so that p...

    A fabulous and totally unexpected delight. I came to this book after reading McCloud's The Sculptor, so I already knew that he had a firm grip on how to produce an outstanding comic. I thought I was getting an Eisner or Kirby style How-To guide for the craft and business of comics w...

  • Ярослава
    Aug 24, 2018

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

  • Lois Bujold
    Jan 14, 2013

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

    A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media -- in the guise, naturally, of a comic book. A non-fiction comic book. Everyone should read this elegant classic (and its two sequels), just for some basic 20th - 21st century cultural literacy. It does what the very...

  • Caro the L. of the H.
    Oct 05, 2018

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

    A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media -- in the guise, naturally, of a comic book. A non-fiction comic book. Everyone should read this elegant classic (and its two sequels), just for some basic 20th - 21st century cultural literacy. It does what the very...

    Perhaps the best explanation of how a particular artistic medium works that I've ever seen. McCloud wrote this at a time when the artistic merit of comics/graphic novels was still in doubt in some corners, so clearly that animates a lot of the discussion. He really demolishes any doubt...

    I found this book to be, in roughly equal measure, charming and irritating as hell. When McCloud was dealing with the nuts and bolts of how comics work, it was illuminating and the decision to write the book as a comic really came into its own. There were all sorts of clever ways in wh...

    Absolutely great. Informative, funny and interesting. A must-read for every comic books lover and a great introduction into comics for the hesitating non believers. ...

  • kaśyap
    Sep 23, 2014

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

    A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media -- in the guise, naturally, of a comic book. A non-fiction comic book. Everyone should read this elegant classic (and its two sequels), just for some basic 20th - 21st century cultural literacy. It does what the very...

    Perhaps the best explanation of how a particular artistic medium works that I've ever seen. McCloud wrote this at a time when the artistic merit of comics/graphic novels was still in doubt in some corners, so clearly that animates a lot of the discussion. He really demolishes any doubt...

    I found this book to be, in roughly equal measure, charming and irritating as hell. When McCloud was dealing with the nuts and bolts of how comics work, it was illuminating and the decision to write the book as a comic really came into its own. There were all sorts of clever ways in wh...

    Absolutely great. Informative, funny and interesting. A must-read for every comic books lover and a great introduction into comics for the hesitating non believers. ...

    Sería ridículo revisar Understanding comics como un comic cualquiera (demasiado meta para mí) pero lo que puedo decir es que es un excelente viaje por la conquista del sentido visual. Scott te da mucha perspicacia no solo en lo que a la historia de los comics se refiere sino a to...

    I have used this with my English 4 classes and will be using it next year with my Intro to the Graphic Novel course. This is a wonderful study in how the comic form of writing works. I think the graphic novel is going to become a more and more important form of literature. Just look at...

    Understanding Comics is a pretty clever book, using the medium of comics to talk seriously about comics -- which is very likely to be dismissed by those who either insist comics should all be fun (and therefore if they're not interested in this, it's no good) or all comics are fun (and...

    Como disse um professor querido meu no intercâmbio: "if you're interested in... life in general, you should read this book". E é bem isso mesmo, porque este livro perpassa a temática teórica dos quadrinhos e arte sequencial. Fala sobre arte, nossa relação com imagens e como image...

    As you may gather from the title, this is less a history of comics (although there is some of that) and more a thesis statement about what they are and how they work. McCloud is an engaging narrator, although the first chapter is a little dry. He's defining what comics "are", so that p...

    A fabulous and totally unexpected delight. I came to this book after reading McCloud's The Sculptor, so I already knew that he had a firm grip on how to produce an outstanding comic. I thought I was getting an Eisner or Kirby style How-To guide for the craft and business of comics w...

    Even if you're not interested in comics and graphic novels, McCloud's book might get you interested. Rather brilliantly, McCloud uses the medium of comics itself for a philosophical meditation on the nature and possibilities of comics. He does reflect a little bit on the prehistoric an...

    Vynikající kniha. I kdyby vás nezajímaly p?ímo komiksy, má kniha co ?íct o vztahu mezi ?lov?kem a výtvarným um?ním obecn?. Kdyby takto vypadaly u?ebnice, jak krásn? a snadno by se u?ilo! ...

    A clear overview of the form and structure of comics. Scott McCloud's deep understanding of the history and functions of art makes this an insightful and informative read. ...

  • Alina
    May 29, 2017

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

  • Paula Cruz
    May 25, 2016

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

    A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media -- in the guise, naturally, of a comic book. A non-fiction comic book. Everyone should read this elegant classic (and its two sequels), just for some basic 20th - 21st century cultural literacy. It does what the very...

    Perhaps the best explanation of how a particular artistic medium works that I've ever seen. McCloud wrote this at a time when the artistic merit of comics/graphic novels was still in doubt in some corners, so clearly that animates a lot of the discussion. He really demolishes any doubt...

    I found this book to be, in roughly equal measure, charming and irritating as hell. When McCloud was dealing with the nuts and bolts of how comics work, it was illuminating and the decision to write the book as a comic really came into its own. There were all sorts of clever ways in wh...

    Absolutely great. Informative, funny and interesting. A must-read for every comic books lover and a great introduction into comics for the hesitating non believers. ...

    Sería ridículo revisar Understanding comics como un comic cualquiera (demasiado meta para mí) pero lo que puedo decir es que es un excelente viaje por la conquista del sentido visual. Scott te da mucha perspicacia no solo en lo que a la historia de los comics se refiere sino a to...

    I have used this with my English 4 classes and will be using it next year with my Intro to the Graphic Novel course. This is a wonderful study in how the comic form of writing works. I think the graphic novel is going to become a more and more important form of literature. Just look at...

    Understanding Comics is a pretty clever book, using the medium of comics to talk seriously about comics -- which is very likely to be dismissed by those who either insist comics should all be fun (and therefore if they're not interested in this, it's no good) or all comics are fun (and...

    Como disse um professor querido meu no intercâmbio: "if you're interested in... life in general, you should read this book". E é bem isso mesmo, porque este livro perpassa a temática teórica dos quadrinhos e arte sequencial. Fala sobre arte, nossa relação com imagens e como image...

  • George
    Feb 07, 2017

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

  • 29alabs
    Mar 03, 2012

    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 con...

    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'...

    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 reread...

    Holy shit! I'm starting a graphic novel book club!! This is our inaugural book and I'm so excited!!! We had our first meeting today, and in addition to saying terribly intelligent things about comics and eating mini-cupcakes and laughing at my dogs, we also picked a name for our (ac...

    Scott McCloud's love and understanding of comics is beautifully and simply expressed here. So much so that it increased my love and understanding of comics I read in the past and definitely comics I will read in the future. As I was reading other peoples reviews and discussions abo...

    I really appreciate that this book exists. It's nice that something was created to help people understand the language of comics, what they are, what they can be, what makes them special, and so forth. That said, there are parts which are a little convoluted (Chapter 2, I'm looking ...

    This is a book on art and philosophy disguised as a book on comics disguised as a comic book! A brilliant must-read for any fan of comics, art, philosophy and beauty! Ahmad Eddeeb May 2016 ...

    it's one of the best examples i've found of someone writing so specifically about a topic that the observations and implications become absolutely universal. think about it: hamlet is completely consumed in his little world, and the stakes are all about what will happen to denmark a...

    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!...

    I love the idea of this conversation more than I love the application--at least in this book. While I find the concepts themselves fascinating, I found the book tedious. The overall art and style employed by McCloud just wasn't compelling to me. I really struggled to finish this book. ...

    "Don't gimme that comic book talk, Barney!" McCloud surely must be smiling to himself every day to see just how far - in great part because of the publication of this endearingly idealistic visual essay in 1992- his beloved medium has come since then, both in terms of popular accept...

    ????-???? ? ?????????. ? ?????? ? ???? ????? ???? ?????????, ??????????? ????? ????, ??? ?? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ?????????, ?? ?????? ?? 4 ????????? ?????? / 160 ...

    FASCINATING book! I'd heard excellent things about this book ever since I got into comics way back in 1993, but never decided to sit down and read it until a few months ago. It took me a week to go through it (reading a bit every night before bed), but it's honestly a pretty quick r...

    amazing homage to an art form as old as the carved stories on borobudur temples and the papyrus scrolls of pharaoh - the unassuming geeky guide dissects the media format (worthy of mcluhan) and history of comic and walks us through its tiniest elements to be able to fully appreciate it...

    3.5? rounded up with indulgence for its (possible) usefulness If a book/work can be interesting and boring at the same time, than this was it! There were some fascinating parts, with interesting, new informations, but there were also enough parts that were boring, because of the t...

    I have been getting into comics lately and I am quickly discovering there is so much about this medium that I do not know. When trying to review a comic or graphic novel, I find it easy to talk about plot but talking about the art is difficult. I picked up Understanding Comics because ...

    this book was intriguing, but also annoying. a comic book about comics! what a great idea! i wanted it to be better than it was. ultimately, i'm glad i read it, but only to the extent it identified a bunch of interesting topics/themes that i'm now inclined to think about on my own a...

    A book that explains the forms and functions of the graphics media -- in the guise, naturally, of a comic book. A non-fiction comic book. Everyone should read this elegant classic (and its two sequels), just for some basic 20th - 21st century cultural literacy. It does what the very...

    Perhaps the best explanation of how a particular artistic medium works that I've ever seen. McCloud wrote this at a time when the artistic merit of comics/graphic novels was still in doubt in some corners, so clearly that animates a lot of the discussion. He really demolishes any doubt...

    I found this book to be, in roughly equal measure, charming and irritating as hell. When McCloud was dealing with the nuts and bolts of how comics work, it was illuminating and the decision to write the book as a comic really came into its own. There were all sorts of clever ways in wh...

    Absolutely great. Informative, funny and interesting. A must-read for every comic books lover and a great introduction into comics for the hesitating non believers. ...

    Sería ridículo revisar Understanding comics como un comic cualquiera (demasiado meta para mí) pero lo que puedo decir es que es un excelente viaje por la conquista del sentido visual. Scott te da mucha perspicacia no solo en lo que a la historia de los comics se refiere sino a to...