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The Hobby Shack => Comic Books & Art => Topic started by: Chiprocks1 on June 29, 2011, 06:46:19 pm

Title: Reinventing Comics - Scott McCloud
Post by: Chiprocks1 on June 29, 2011, 06:46:19 pm
Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form (2000)


Written and Drawn by Scott McCloud

Where Understanding Comics has a timelessness that will never fade, Reinventing Comics clearly is dated given the fact that it came out in 2000. With his first book, the main objective was to teach you how and why comics works as a medium as well as the historical significance. But for Reinventing Comics, it's all about giving us the reader a theortical look at the future of comic books regarding everything from computers to the internet to distribution, etc...

This book is Scott's manifesto of what he would like to see happen in the future and how to go about getting there. One can't help but see 11 years later how close or how far he miss the mark on that. I won't spoil it and will leave it up to you to read for yourself. I for one never read it when it first came out. So reading it 11 years after the fact, the entire time you are thinking to yourself how ambitious he is for what he wanted to see happen.

Once again the artwork is done by Scott, which makes for a pretty fast and compelling read, even if you really don't want to hear about all the technical stuff about some of the minute things in the process of how a comic book travels from the artist to eventually the reader.

I like the book, but trying to top, let alone equal that of Understanding Comics, it does come off as a bit underwhelming because the expectations were higher than normal.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars out of 5