272 Pages. Black and White.
If you’ve ever felt there must be something more to making comics than just copying drawing styles then this is the book for you.
Choosing the right moments—what to include, what to leave out.
Framing actions and guiding attention.
Choosing words and images that communicate together.
Creating varied and compelling characters with inner lives and unforgettable appearances.
Understanding body language and facial expressions.
Creating rich, believable worlds for your readers to explore.
Picking the tools that are right for you.
Navigating the world of styles and genres.
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"Scott McCloud's brilliant treatise on the inner workings of cartoonists will delight amateur artists and curious fans alike."
"Only Scott McCloud could organize his thoughts on comics like this. Scott's talent as a cartoonist not only makes him intimate to insights no outsider can see but also gives him the power to show it to the world. Will it be controversal? Does it live up to the promise of Understanding Comics? Happily, the answer to both questions is yes!"
-- Jeff Smith, Bone
[Starred Review] "Every medium should be lucky enough to have a taxonomist as brilliant as McCloud."
-- Publishers Weekly
"The best how-to manual ever published."
-- Kevin Kelly, Cool Tools
"In this, McCloud's third nonfiction book about comics, he has produced his most significant achievement to date, and that's really saying something."
-- Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing