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"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.

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A comic book about comic books. McCloud, in an incredibly accessible style, explains the details of how comics work: how they''re composed, read and understood. More than just a book about comics, this gets to the heart of how we deal with visual languages in general. "The potential of comics is limitless and exciting!" writes McCloud. This should be required reading for every school teacher. Pulitzer Prize-winner says, "The most intelligent comics I''ve seen in a long time."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, this innovative comic book provides a detailed look at the history, meaning, and art of comics and cartooning.

About the Author

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 scottmccloud.com.

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Buy it. Seriously, just buy it.
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2018
I adore this book. It was a required text for a digital imaging class at my university. It''s written in the style of a comic strip or graphic novel. There is so much information packed in here and I don''t think would come across in any other format than this. It is not only... See more
I adore this book. It was a required text for a digital imaging class at my university. It''s written in the style of a comic strip or graphic novel. There is so much information packed in here and I don''t think would come across in any other format than this. It is not only about comics but addresses layout and type and point of view and so much more then you would even imagine which would carry over into any other art medium. It''s just brilliant and a joy to read. This all coming from someone who does not usually read graphic novels or comic books. I''m really happy with being assigned this book. It''s one that I''m not likely to ever resell because it''s just fun to have around and to reference when needed. Definitely a great purchase.
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Lori Olson White
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A book that makes you rethink storytelling
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2020
I’m not into comics, in fact, they have never been on my radar. But a fellow filmmaker recommended this book as a great course on visual storytelling — and he was spot on! Within the first few chapters I was seeing things differently. So many aha moments.... See more
I’m not into comics, in fact, they have never been on my radar. But a fellow filmmaker recommended this book as a great course on visual storytelling — and he was spot on!

Within the first few chapters I was seeing things differently. So many aha moments.

By the time I finished, I’d completely rethought the way to move forward on my current project.

If you’re a storyteller of any sort, I recommend picking up this book. It just might change the way you do your craft!
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A standby for a reason
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2019
I use this book in my visual discourse class at a university. The scholarly criticism of this book is that there really is nothing new and original in it. That''s true, but nobody is reading Eisner''s book anymore, and this is the more common text showing up on universities.... See more
I use this book in my visual discourse class at a university. The scholarly criticism of this book is that there really is nothing new and original in it. That''s true, but nobody is reading Eisner''s book anymore, and this is the more common text showing up on universities. As far as an intro to give you some good jargon and definitions it''s great. It''s in visual format, so it serves more than just a textual purpose as well. Also, it is the same book, page number for page number, as the other copy with the brighter, yellower cover. They just blacked out there background of this cover, but it''s the exact same innards.
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Kaijin
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A good art history book
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2018
I feel like there''s something about this book that didn''t click for me. It''s a fine history book, excellent even. I feel I understand comic design marginally better at best. I got this to help with a design project involving comics, it didn''t help and I made no adjustments.... See more
I feel like there''s something about this book that didn''t click for me. It''s a fine history book, excellent even. I feel I understand comic design marginally better at best. I got this to help with a design project involving comics, it didn''t help and I made no adjustments. If you''re looking for something to assist in making comics, this isn''t necessarily it if you''re already a designer. If you''d like to understand why comics are as they are, here''s your book. Very little info on modern comic design. I don''t regularly read comics, I did appreciate the method of storytelling through the medium.
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Jessica Dance
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Amazing Book!
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2017
I''ve wanted to read this book for a long time. As an aspiring graphic novelist, I''ve had my eye on it for as long as I can remember, and I decided to spring for this and finally get my hands on it. The book arrived on time and in brand new condition. The front cover... See more
I''ve wanted to read this book for a long time.
As an aspiring graphic novelist, I''ve had my eye on it for as long as I can remember, and I decided to spring for this and finally get my hands on it. The book arrived on time and in brand new condition. The front cover of the book I received doesn''t match the one advertised, but that''s neither here nor there. I''m sure I just received a newer reprint of the book.
I''m on chapter four right now, and I must say, I''ve enjoyed this book immensely so far. McCloud''s explanations and philosophies have me looking at my own work and comics in general, an entirely different light.
I would recommend this book to any artist/writer out there, or even just the average comic lover wanting to understand this artistic medium a little bit more.
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Tanya Augustine
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It was recommended to me by an artist friend
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2017
This books sort of blew my mind. It was recommended to me by an artist friend, and in a book about making web comics. I will read it again and again and keep it around as my comic bible. I read it all very quickly and it was easy to read. McCloud has amazing insight into... See more
This books sort of blew my mind. It was recommended to me by an artist friend, and in a book about making web comics. I will read it again and again and keep it around as my comic bible. I read it all very quickly and it was easy to read. McCloud has amazing insight into art and how to create interesting stories as well as communicate through drawing. Before I read this book, I had never really been exposed to anything like it before. I hope to see him speak some day. He really knows how to explain complex concepts, and inspire others to create!
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the-frey
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A beautiful essay on not just comics, but art and creativity in general
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2015
For a novice to the world of comics (other than having read a few obvious series such as Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, The Walking Dead and a few manga) this serves as an amazing introduction into the deeper philosophy and craft of the art, as well as a fantastic way of... See more
For a novice to the world of comics (other than having read a few obvious series such as Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, The Walking Dead and a few manga) this serves as an amazing introduction into the deeper philosophy and craft of the art, as well as a fantastic way of getting up to speed with all the devices and tropes used to navigate and make sense of the medium.

On a meta-level, the book is also a stunning work of art in its own right and an amazing essay on determination, hard work, craftsmanship and creativity. The chapter on the subject of ''what is art'' may well be the best description of the artistic process - be it related to writing, music, programming, whatever you like - that I have ever seen.

In a word, stunning.
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Holly Lynn Hoover
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A text book that is actuall interesting and easy to read!
Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2016
I had to purchase this for my art class, and I was skeptical because I rarely find our required texts to be helpful in any way. But this book reakly impressed me! The format is just like a comic book, so it makes it more fun to read, and he explains things is a SUPER easy... See more
I had to purchase this for my art class, and I was skeptical because I rarely find our required texts to be helpful in any way. But this book reakly impressed me! The format is just like a comic book, so it makes it more fun to read, and he explains things is a SUPER easy way to understand. I definitely learned a lot about comic history, comic anatomy, and how different styles affect the way the reader interprets what is going on.
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L. Spencer
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A truly great read and a beautiful book. A classic.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 28, 2018
Not just the best book on comics but one of the best books I know on any subject whatsoever. In 25 years teaching undergraduates I have put this on numerous reading lists and often lent out my copy to students. It is essential reading for anyone interested in communication...See more
Not just the best book on comics but one of the best books I know on any subject whatsoever. In 25 years teaching undergraduates I have put this on numerous reading lists and often lent out my copy to students. It is essential reading for anyone interested in communication in whatever form. It is also so brilliantly systematic that it can serve as a model for any kind of textbook. A great read, too.
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Jl Adcock
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Outstanding
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 14, 2018
This is a brilliant book about comics, storytelling and graphic design. Scott McCloud packs a huge amount of information about art, history, comic design and the different ways people communicate in words and pictures into this highly accessible book. Like comics...See more
This is a brilliant book about comics, storytelling and graphic design. Scott McCloud packs a huge amount of information about art, history, comic design and the different ways people communicate in words and pictures into this highly accessible book. Like comics themselves, there are hidden depths here, because beneath the immediacy of the presentation are some deep, serious ideas about the development of language, art and communication. The book is superbly done; clever, witty, thought-provoking and really informative. You will never read a comic or graphic novel in the same way again, and you will almost certainly appreciate the art form more than you did. The whole book is engrossing and educational, but chapters 3 and 4, on how we interpret the space between the panels in comics, and how time and space is represented in pictures, show McCloud''s genius for conveying complex ideas with real power and clarity.
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Kieran McLoughlin
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One of the best books on storytelling and comics you''ll ever read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 6, 2021
Wow... That was incredible. Like many of you probably will anticipate this to be, I expected this to purely be a text book about comics. I was very wrong indeed... What you have here is a wonderful dissection of not only comics in themselves, but of storytelling and how...See more
Wow... That was incredible. Like many of you probably will anticipate this to be, I expected this to purely be a text book about comics. I was very wrong indeed... What you have here is a wonderful dissection of not only comics in themselves, but of storytelling and how human beings use different senses to interpret different entertainment mediums. If anything, it is as much a book about the human introspection of how to process information, with obviously the visual nature of comics being the main focus. Overall, I absolutely recommend this book to all creative people, regardless of whether you plan on ever writing a comic or not. There is just so much here which creatives and storytellers would greatly benefit from. Truly, you can imagine how much work went into this. Trust me, you will not be wasting your money on this!
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Karol Zamojcin
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Mind blowing and eye opening experience
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 14, 2017
Hi there. This book was recommended to me when I asked about books for design as "not totally about design book but a must read for a designer". I''m just going to say that this is one of the best informative books I''ve ever read! It is an eye-opener & mind-blowing...See more
Hi there. This book was recommended to me when I asked about books for design as "not totally about design book but a must read for a designer". I''m just going to say that this is one of the best informative books I''ve ever read! It is an eye-opener & mind-blowing experience. I recommend it for absolutely everyone, whether you are interested in comics themselves, design, or art in general. There is no way you are going to regret buying this book. All the best for everyone.
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og505
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Changed how I see comics and art in general
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 3, 2013
I had recently started getting into reading graphic novels when my friend recommended this book to me. I was skeptical at first - put off by the mention of "comics" - but decided to give it a try anyway after hearing more rave reviews. I was definitely not...See more
I had recently started getting into reading graphic novels when my friend recommended this book to me. I was skeptical at first - put off by the mention of "comics" - but decided to give it a try anyway after hearing more rave reviews. I was definitely not disappointed. Scott McCloud uses the medium of comics to explain their history and how to understand them, exploring everything from faces and backgrounds to panels and the progression of time in a comic. His explanations are easy to understand, even for people like me who are very inexperienced with comics. This book has given me a new appreciation for comics. I''ve read graphic novels completely differently since reading it. I now really notice the authors'' styles, savour each frame, and I feel like I have a deeper understanding of the stories now than I would''ve before. I also appreciate the time and effort that goes into making a good comic and find it unfortunate that comics are generally not taken very seriously. I will never look at comics the same way again, and in some ways I will never look at art the same way again either. This book is both for those experienced and very inexperienced with comics. Very thought-provoking but also an entertaining read!
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