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Understanding Comics

Understanding Comics cover

"You must read this book." Neil Gaiman

The bestselling international classic on storytelling and visual communication.

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 significance. Explore the secret world between the panels, through the lines, and within the hidden symbols of a powerful but misunderstood art form.

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

ISBN: 9780060976255

ISBN-10: 9780060976255

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication Date: 04/27/1994 - 12:00am

On Sale: 04/27/1994 - 12:00am

Pages: 224

Language: English


Comics & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction

Art / Techniques / Cartooning

Literary Criticism / Comics & Graphic Novels

Comics & Graphic Novels / Reference

Humor / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons

Literary Criticism / Humor

Comics & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction / History