My Book Review of Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
By brucelee on Aug 20, 2007
Bruce Lee is a brand strategist, who works closely with xDesign to define the branded look and interactions of Software user interfaces.
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, by Scott McCloud
224 pages (215 pages of comics) Black and White with 8-page color section. 6.7" x 10.2"
This book by Scott McCloud isn't just about understanding comics. The 215 pages of this 1993 book cover just about everything: time, creativity, psychology, quantum mechanics, and the whole of human endeavor. Seriously, folks, this book uses the comic book form to talk about the process of telling stories using comics. It talks about its own form. But I don't mean to make it seem like the book is either recursively academic or feverishly adolescent. The truth is that the content of this book is universally applicable to nearly any activity that seeks to communicate about the internal or external human experience. Because the comic book links language with images to tell stories, it's more effective than either words or pictures alone. What puzzles me is how this form got such a bad rap to begin with. I recommend this book first to anyone wanting to know something about art or design. Read it now. Ranking: 10 of 10