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Synopsis: This detail-packed book includes a history of comics that reaches back to pre-Columbian picture manuscripts and Egyptian monuments and a running analysis of comics as art, literature, and communication.
Review: As all good card-carrying comic-book fans know, their sheer passion will never overcome narrow-minded critics and their baying cries of derision. There is far more to this perpetually underrated medium than a mix of art and prose. With this indispensable, spellbinding tome, writer/artist Scott McCloud rises to the challenge of dissecting what remains the most enigmatic of art forms. After all, says McCloud, "No other art form gives so much to its audience while asking so much from them as well". Over the course of 215 impeccably formed pages, McCloud joyously exposes and deconstructs a hidden world of icons in a most literate and valid manner. His charming guidance finds a place where Time and Space is effortlessly malleable and the reader is both a willing accomplice and necessary vessel for comics' singular magic. Cunningly presented in comic form, McCloud (or his comic equivalent) conducts a journey that spans thousands of years, taking in art from Prehistoric Man to the Egyptians to Van Gogh to Jack Kirby. Never has psychological and cultural analysis been so understandably clear, beautifully aided by clever visuals and his truly infectious love for the medium. By the end of this funny, charming, rare and exciting book, you'll not doubt the notion that a comic book "...is a vacuum into which our identity and awareness are pulled ... an empty shell that we inhabit which enables us to travel to another realm". A fine exchange for a little faith and a world of imagination. --Danny Graydon
Title: Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art (...
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: 1994
Binding: School & Library Binding
Book Condition: Good
Edition: School & Library ed.
Book Description Turtleback Books, 1994. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0613027825-2-4
Book Description Turtleback Books, 1994. Condition: GOOD. Has little wear to the cover and pages. Contains some markings such as highlighting and writing. Seller Inventory # 0613027825_abe_gd
Book Description Turtleback Books, 1994. Condition: acceptable. Moderate to heavy notes, marking, highlighting, noticeable wear and tear, worn covers, crease pages. Seller Inventory # 0613027825_abe_ac
Book Description Turtleback Books, 1994. Condition: VERY GOOD. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # 0613027825_abe_vg
Book Description Turtle Back Books 1994-04-01, 1994. School & Library Binding. Condition: Good. Books is in good condition. Some moderate creases and wear. This item may not come with CDs or additional parts including access codes for textbooks. Might be an ex-library copy. Seller Inventory # DS-0613027825-3
Book Description Turtleback, 1994. School & Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0613027825
Book Description Turtleback Books, 1994. School & Library Binding. Condition: Good. Seller Inventory # SKU4252468
Book Description Turtleback Books, 1994. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 0613027825_abe_bn
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # S-0613027825
Book Description Bt Bound, 1999. School & Library Binding. Condition: Brand New. school & library ed. edition. 224 pages. 10.75x7.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0613027825