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Making Comics Storytelling Secrets of Comics Manga and Graphic Novels [EPUB] ✻ Making Comics Storytelling Secrets of Comics Manga and Graphic Novels ✾ Scott McCloud – Magnificent The best how to manual ever published — Kevin Kelly Cool ToolsScott McCloud tore down the wall between high and low culture in 1993 with Understanding Comics a massive comic book about c Magnificent The best Storytelling Secrets Kindle Õ how to manual ever published — Kevin Kelly Cool ToolsScott McCloud tore down the wall between high and low culture in with Understanding Comics a massive comic book about comics linking the medium to such diverse fields as media theory movie criticism and web design In Reinventing Comics McCloud took this to the next level charting twelve different revolutions in how comics are generated read and perceived today Now in Making Comics McCloud focuses his analysis on the art form itself Making Comics PDF/EPUB or exploring the creation of comics from the broadest principles to the sharpest details like how to accentuate a character's facial muscles in order to form the emotion of disgust rather than the emotion of surprise And he does all of it in his inimitable voice and Comics Storytelling Secrets of Comics PDF/EPUB or through his cartoon stand–in narrator mixing dry humor and legitimate instruction McCloud shows his reader how to master the human condition through word and image in a brilliantly minimalistic way Both comic book devotees and the uninitiated will marvel at this journey Comics Storytelling Secrets ePUB ☆ into a once–underappreciated art form.

About the Author: Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud born Storytelling Secrets Kindle Õ Scott McLeod is an American cartoonist and theorist on comics as a distinct literary and artistic medium.

10 thoughts on “Making Comics Storytelling Secrets of Comics Manga and Graphic Novels

  1. Aaron Aaron says:

    The frustrating thing about how authoritative McCloud is is the fact that he's essentially right about everything I've read it half a dozen times and I'm doing the chapter exercises and I'm very angry about how correct he often is

  2. J.G. Keely J.G. Keely says:

    I really enjoy Scott McCloud He is insightful and funny and his analytic method is always useful in dissection of concept I find that the conscientious author tends to be the superior author and for this reason McCLoud is indispensableAnother thing that is refreshing about McCloud is that he takes the medium very seriously and reminds us as creators that we have a responsibility to the art to do everything we can with it and not simply accept the given standardsIn a lot of ways this book feels like an update of Understanding Comics but with a greater mindfulness of the creator and less for the pure history and development of the art 'Making Comics' is an inspirational work which avoids treading the ground of other 'how to's instead focusing on asking 'how might you'? My Suggested Reading In Comics

  3. Trey Trey says:

    I've always wondered why the master of explaining comics has never achieved the status of master of creating comics Scott McCloud admits as much in the first few pages of Making Comics and I assumed for most of the book that it's a case of those who can't do teach If he had the innate ability to put great ideas on paper maybe he wouldn't have the time or the ability to analyze comics so well Towards the end though McCloud mentions another factor that may be holding him back when he describes the four comics camps classicists animists formalists and iconoclasts I'll confess to the sins of the formalist understanding of experimentation with and loyalty to the comics form I can point to any number of comics that I've drawn in which experimental ideas were pretty much their only virture Anybody calling such comics 'dry' 'academic' or 'unreadable' won't get much resistance from me But formalists like me can screw up badly when we try to tell a story straight We keep getting distracted by all the formal possibilities along the way and wind up with a stiff fill in the blanks comic where individual panels are just bored excuses to get to the next big idea It's hard to just tell a story straight when there are so many possibilities in the air While McCloud wants to give the formalist camp as much importance as the classicists and animists it's hard for me to believe that you can create compelling comics that people want to read and be invested in by focusing on the form instead of the contentIn theory this book helps comic book writers but I feel like it is much geared toward artists Even though I have no artistic talent and therefore no chance of trying out anything McCloud suggests in this book it was still a worthwhile read

  4. Kellan Gibby Kellan Gibby says:

    Honestly I don't really know how to review a book like this so all I'm gonna say is I absolutely loved it It entertained me it taught me something and it inspired me It also had some really great art by Scott McCloud here and there I have nothing bad to say about it Read this whether or not you actually have an interest in making your own comics You'll learn a lot about how the medium works and it'll make you appreciate your already favorite books even R͟E͟C͟O͟M͟M͟E͟N͟D͟E͟D

  5. Danielle Freeman Danielle Freeman says:

    I picked up this book because as a student of animation I believe firmly that knowing how comics work and what makes them work is essential to being able to make a good animated film or series After all animation as we know it was born of comics What I discovered in this book was not just a guide to making great comics but to telling great storiesIn Making Comics McCloud lays down the fundamentals of storytelling through text and pictures everything from character design to world building to formatting of text and word balloons It's basically a crash course in comic book authorship from a master But in breaking down how to make great comics the author also teaches the reader how to make great visual art and tell a great story Many of the lessons contained in this book as well as Understanding Comics can be applied to all forms of storytelling media from animation to live action film and television to literatureSo if you are an artist or storyteller of any kind I seriously recommend this book No matter what style you write or draw in no matter what your genre no matter what your medium this book holds valuable lessons for all creators and storytellers

  6. Bruce Bruce says:

    This is the third in Scott McCloud’s nonfiction trilogy on the semiotics of seuential art nee comics All three books consider comics literacy how comics “work” from the standpoint of cultural reference and mental shorthand His first book Understanding Comics makes this an explicit theme and is essential reading His follow up Reinventing Comics tries to turn the idea on its head by suggesting a variety of experimental forms As such the book is a curious exploration of counterintuitive narrative and artistic approaches an artist might deploy while still using the basic comics tropes of seuenced illustrations and text arranged in and out of framed borders It’s a well intentioned effort but not nearly as insightful useful or interesting This McCloud's latest metawork represents the author’s version of a how to guide for aspiring artists However in lieu of a traditional draw Snoopy like a professional artist approach McCloud's subject matter is purposed to promote conscious authorial decisions about story and style subdividing what he regards as the most important to master aspects of the media in the service of communicating with emotional impact Over five sections he illustratively addresses 1 coherence respectively achievable via appropriate pacing shot selection balance between realism and abstract representation textual content and page layout; 2 figure drawing with a focus on Jungian emotional classification as interpreted by the muscles of the face and basic posture; 3 the interplay of images words and words as images in showing vs telling; 4 the function of landscape and perspective; and least of all 5 the strengths and weaknesses of various tools of the trade an aspect of the book most likely to become obsolete The work concludes with an essay about literary form and the increasing cross pollenization of manga superhero independentunderground and Euro long form styles that would be right at home as an art appreciation appendix in the first book of his series You don’t need to be a comics wannabe or devotee to appreciate this irrespective of whether you are persuaded by all of McCloud’s analyses One of his farther fetched fancies is an entertaining passage that translates psychologist Paul Ekman's six emotional primaries into expressive colors you can mix for variation and shade for intensity joy sadness pity anger sadness betrayal etc Both illustrations from page 86Strictly from a drawing standpoint I'm not sure how practical the idea would be as against capturing your own face from a mirror or selfie but you can play with the app someone built to animate the idea if you have an iPhone and a dollar Whatever Making Comics reveals the author as a talented artist and master essayist in his element unpacking the ways and means of visual communication replete with delicious examples It won’t take you long to read and is well worth your timeIncidentally for a broader taste of Scott McCloud's work in this area check out the author's companion Chapter 5½ published contemporaneously and exclusively online but IMHO not uite as good as the rest of the book

  7. Joshua Joshua says:

    Scott McCloud always reminds me why I love comics and this book is no different The fact that I lead a MakerSpace for kids and teenagers about making comics on the same day I finished this book was also a delightful bit of serendipityUnlike his previous two books UnderStanding Comics and ReInventing Comics Making Comics does not explore the culture relevance of the medium of comics nor does it attempt to validate the form as a legitimate medium Instead McCloud leads this book with the idea that the reader probably has already read these books or else already believes comics to be a worthwhile medium And from there he provides the reader with a toolbox This metaphor is used purposefully because often while reading it I felt like I was receiving one uniue tool after another and whether it was advice for character designs atmosphere designs drawing euipment Software programming for digital sketching drafting etc Every page of this book was beautifully and carefully constructed to reflect the argument McCloud was making This book is the work of a human being compelled by passion to make something great but also to pass along the wisdom of a lifetime learnedScott McCloud is likely to fall into the same company as Will Eisner who fought for comics as a worthwhile form of art and Making Comics is proof of that McCloud like Eisner like me and like so many of the people who pick up comics and disappear have been waiting for books like this It's not just an empty guide of how to's it an opportunity share a familiar passionI loved this book all the for it and can't wait to see it's effect on the next generation of comics artists

  8. Ashley Ashley says:

    I really loved this book I can't count the times that McCloud said A complete understanding of this topic is beyond the scope of this book buuuut let me do all the hard work and give you the highlights And so he did I am a theory minded person so his breakdown was particularly helpful to me and those who think in abstract terms But of course the entire book is one big comic so there are tons of illustrative pictures and comparisons for those who want to see a concrete example I highly recommend this book for those interested in creating comics especially if you've had no formal training I'm not sure how much of this ground gets covered in art classes because as a writer I am a complete novice to the art sideI'm going to go find all McCloud's comics now

  9. Tamahome Tamahome says:

    I'm not going to make comics but I still find it interesting to read about storytelling Remember symmetry means lifeAll done If you liked Understanding Comics it's pretty much of the same Plus he references a ton of indie comics and they're indexed in the back He also has Reinventing Comics but that seems to be unpopular heh

  10. Erin Erin says:

    I don't do starsNot an artist not a cartoonist I just love reading guides for creative activities that aren't my ownMaking Comics concerns itself with decisions about the form that can happen organically or chosen deliberately As a happen organically type I really appreciate anything I can soak up on the other side The section on Stories for Humans should be reuired reading for anyone who tells them The rest is excellent for any writer who wants to take on the challenge of thinking MUCH visually

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