Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Scott McCloud: The Eighties Generational Shift

Excerpt from Reinventing Comics (2000)
by Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud is a cartoonist and comics theorist best known for his comic series ZOT! and his non-fiction books about comics theory: Understanding Comics (1993), Reinventing Comics (2000) and Making Comics (2006).

4 comments:

Geoffrey D. Wessel said...

Great book, and great portrait of the Dave Sim "I remember"...

--- Geoffrey D. Wessel

Tony Dunlop said...

I bought this book, but never actually read the durn thing! Interesting to me is that Scott's timeline roughly coincides with what I have come to see as the "Second Golden Age" of comics as ending sometime between 1992 and 1995. It never occurred to me that this was the same time as the rise of Image - I suppose largely because the only Image comic I ever read was A Distant Soil.

Keith said...

I'm kind of amazed by the quality and variety of titles that Image is putting out at the moment.

Tony Dunlop said...

So based on Dave's recommendation I pulled Reinventing Comics off my shelf and started reading it. From the first 10-20 pages or so, it looks like Scott's pretty up front about it being his take on the state of comics circa 2000. Much less of an attempt at an objective overview than the incomparable and indispensible Understanding Comics, I think. Still, needless to say, clever, informative, and superbly executed.