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 significance.
Author of Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, cartoonist and theorist Scott McCloud has been making and thinking about comics for decades. His classic volume explores formal aspects of comics, the historical development of the medium, its fundamental vocabulary, and various ways in which these elements have been used.
McCloud was born in 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Willard Wise ( an inventor and engineer) and Patricia Beatrice McLeod, and spent most of his childhood in Lexington, Massachusetts. He decided he wanted to be a comics artist in 1975, during his junior year in high school.
Comics is a medium used to express ideas by images, often combined with text or other visual information.