Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
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Scott McCloud tore down the wall between high and low culture in 1993 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 toda...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2006)
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Aaron
Mar 25, 2007 Aaron rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pencilers, Manga-ka, nerds, dorks, geeks, spazzes, dweebs, me
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.
Carlos
Scott McCloud propone con Making Comics una visión para aspirantes a profesionales del cómic que ojalá todos leyesen. También sus lectores, ya que proporciona un marco de referencia nada dogmático pero inestimable para comprenderlos y valorarlos. Y lo hace con màs claridad expositiva, espíritu didáctico y modestia que ningún ensayista de cualquier tema que haya leído nunca.

Sólo por esta lección sería obligado, pero además sus reflexiones son acertadas, ¡y sentatas!. Autor de la apreciada y exit...more
Trey
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...more
Eric
Dec 06, 2010 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: comics artists or fans
Shelves: comics, nonfiction, how-to, art
This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in making comics, or just learning about the theory behind them.

Scott McCloud lays out the fundamental building blocks and questions behind creating a comic, and covers them in depth. He eschews questions of technical execution and personal style in favor of theory and design.

He covers communication, pacing, framing, and transitions in excellent detail. His chapter on the tools available is more brief, but gives a beginning cartoonist enough...more
Keely
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 indispensable.

Another 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 standards.

In a lot of ways, this b...more
Alex Ristea
Fantastic, fantastic introductory book to the world of comics. It's told in an easy, conversational style, making for a quick, yet deeply effective read.

In the end, story is story, no matter the medium.

Even though I'm garbage at drawing, I hope this will inform my own writing, or at least make me see the graphic novels I read in a new light.

Tamahome

I'm not going to make comics, but I still find it interesting to read about storytelling. Remember, symmetry means life.

All done. If you liked Understanding Comics, it's pretty much more 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.

Erik
Although I was never a huge fan of his retro-esque work on the 80s Zot!, Scott McCloud has become – in my eyes – the hero of modern comic book structural theory and analysis. And one heck of an effective writer and artist at conveying the hidden truths of this ever-developing medium, I might add. He is neither condescending nor intellectually ambiguous – despite his evident braininess.

As the author/artist of two earlier ground-breaking works – Understanding and Reinventing Comics (both of which...more
Sofia
Sep 06, 2009 Sofia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Comic book readers and artists
Shelves: graphic-novels, art
Being rather new to the comics world (I only started reading them more steadily last year), I was eager to know more about the medium, and various online searches kept pointing to Understanding Comics The Invisible Art (also by Scott McCloud) as a great starting point. Unfortunately, at the time I set out to buy it it was unavailable, so I settled for this one instead.

I have to say I loved it! It really opened my eyes to a lot of details I was missing, or rather, things that I was aware of on an...more
Juan Bosco
Si hay algo evidente en los libros que Scott McCloud ha escrito acerca de los cómics es que de verdad ama a ese medio. Este libro parte de los principios, análisis y teoría expuestos por McCloud en Understanding Comics para explicar ahora cómo se hace un cómic.
Desde las ideas abstractas e intuitivas como el ritmo y fluyo de la historia, hasta los aspectos técnicos del dibujo y las herramientas que se usan para crear una página de cómic. Todo explicado de la manera más lógica posible: a través de...more
Zack Patten
This book was very helpful. It has helped me understand how to properly make a comic. I feel that in reading this I have a better idea on how to do my Graphic Novel final. It is definitely a good read if you want to learn how to make a proper comic.
Desiree
This book should be retitled as "Making Comics the Scott McCloud way," and he even admits to it. Then again, I suppose one can only teach what one knows, and he has definitely done his homework. Even though it gets a bit ranty at some points, you can tell that McCloud is someone who really and truly cares about his craft, as well as those who are 'drawn' to it.

I don't think that this book is quite as accessible as the others--it presumes a lot of foreknowledge. I found the sections about facial...more
Phoebe
Truly a masterpiece, this is a one-book non-credit course on exactly the title: Making Comics. Also, the little comic version of Scott is hilarious and inventive in all the bizarre shapes it takes to show and share with us the many elements, styles, shapes, and considerations that go into making comics and graphic novels.
Danielle Freeman
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 stories.


In Making Comics, McCloud lays down the fundamentals of storytelling through text and pictures--everything from character design to world buildi...more
Daniel
This is ESSENTIAL reading for anyone with an interest in....well, making comics! Though it is also an excellent reference for people with an interest in digging into the mechanics of storytelling in the comic book medium. Like his seminal work "Understanding Comics", McCloud's broad approach to the material and fun, laid-back style makes the concepts that he discusses easily digestable. It also means that many of the concepts he explores - such as pacing and character creation - can be applied t...more
Becky
Read this for work, not because I have any (serious) pretensions of making comics. I loved it - it was a great followup to Understanding Comics and taught me a lot about how comics creators approach their craft.

I suspect that comics have a lot to teach fiction writers - just as novelists borrow cinematographic techniques, they could apply comics storytelling to narrative, characters, and worlds. For instance, I struggle at describing facial expressions and body language and have use artists' gui...more
Ifa A. Inziati
Sukaaaaaaaaaa

Nyantai banget bacanya. Ngalir. Tapi nggak melupakan hal esensial yang harus disampaikan. Dibanding sama Understanding Comics yang menurut saya masih terlihat menggurui dan menampilkan banyak statistik (duh, grafik mah taro aja di jurnal ya Bang McCloud hehe) yang ini kece berat. Nggak bikin pusing, buat yang nggak suka komik pun mungkin bakal senang baca ini.

Terus, saya mau kasih poin plus soal tujuan Abangnya (penulisnya, biar sok akrab) bikin buku ini: untuk mengingatkan saya sen...more
Paul
I once wrote a 6-page comic and was blessed to have someone illustrate it. I don't think I'll ever do get involved with such a thing again, but this book is very interesting regardless. The information on emotion is influenced by Dr. Eckman's studies and worth a read all on its own. I can't wait to read Understanding Comics.
Taylor Ellwood
If you want to write comics or create art for comics or do both this book is essential. And if you're a writer of prose, I still recommend this book because it'll help you appreciate writing from a different angle. If you enjoy reading comics books and want to know what happens on the creation end of them, then this book is a must read. There are some excellent ideas, and McCloud does a great job of providing readers a chance to peak behind the curtain and understand what happens when you make c...more
Phillip
As McCloud notes, this is not a book about how to draw comics. Rather, it is a book about how to tell stories in comics form. There is very solid writing advice here for anyone who wants to tell stories (including writers of fiction and memoirs), but McCloud does an excellent job of applying this advice to the comics format. The brilliant thing is, he manages to do it in such a broad way that it can be used by anyone who wants to make any type of comic, from mainstream superheroes to manga roman...more
Michael Scott
Making Comics is a sequel to Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics (by thirteen years): it introduces and discusses the process, the main techniques, and important examples of creating comics, mangas, and graphic novels. Overall, it first sated my appetite for learning how to make comics, than left me wanting more. Easily one of my favorite books on the topic.

Interestingly, the actual making of comics, that is, working with physical tools (from pencil to computer software) and being part of the b...more
BigJohn
The last of Scott McClouds three books that delve deeply into the ethos of Comic Books, Making Comics is focused more on the actual creation of the works. The first in the series, Understanding Comics, was an exploration of comics as a pop icon, and explained the physics of comics and their storytelling ilk. The second volume, Reinventing comics, was a history of comics, and a predicted future. Making Comics takes the next step for would-be comic creators who, now that they understand all that c...more
Wilhelm Steiner
'Understanding Comics' is one of the best books made about comics and their process so far, so 'Making Comics' does have a tough competitor.

For me, 'Making Comics' is a really awesome book, but its far less universal then its pre-predecessor. While 'Understanding Comics' was written for everyone who is interested in this visual art, 'Making Comics' has a more narrow audience.

Nonetheless it is a great, inspiring book with lots of information packed in a visually dazzling way and its quite a fun...more
Jamie
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Magna, and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud is, like his other books on related subjects, basically a non-fiction comic. It's a faintly academic treatment of sequential art using the comics medium itself. This works pretty well, as he's able to literally illustrate his points using his own comics and other drawings on the page. So when he talks about the six different kinds of panel-to-panel transition types, he does so by presenting a comic that use...more
Greg Pettit
An interesting analysis of creating comics. It's a good starting point for discussing the theory behind comics, but in the end it was just sort of okay.

I am a big fan of McCloud's earlier work, Understanding Comics, and I would enthusiastically recommend that one to everyone, not just comic book readers. This new one, Making Comics, is more of a primer on the creative process behind comics. It doesn't delve as deep and is less thought-provoking. It is also riddled with references to that earlier...more
Jeb
Scott McCloud distills Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art down to the bare necessities, the points that are most important for comics creators. He adds in a few technical details, protips, and some inane rambling about genre which could have been excised. Honestly, I do think this book is pretty good, especially if you have read Understanding Comics, but while it starts out strong, it kind of peaks somewhere in the middle, and then drops off HARD at the end. His musings about style and genr...more
Chip'sBookBinge
With Making Comics, a book on how to put together your very own Comic Book, Scott McCloud has done it again. This book is the one to get if you are really serious about diving head first into the world of self publishing your own Comic's. Within' the pages here you will get a lot of practical knowledge of how and why certain shots are used and what type of panels to use when telling your stories. Scott goes into the theory of the in's and outs about all thing relating to the meaning behind a pag...more
Sylvia
This is the third in a series of massive comic books about the art and theory of comic books, following Understanding Comics (1993) and Reinventing Comics (2001). In this book, Mr. McCloud sets out to provide the bedrock principles for making great comics: clarity and communication (including five choices a comic artist must make - moment, frame, image, word, and flow); connecting to readers through character design, facial expressions, and body language; the power of combining words with pictur...more
Spoonbridge
I have been on a bit of a graphic novel and comic reading kick lately, raiding the library collections for any titles that sound interesting and devouring them at a rather manic rate. Traditionally, I never really considered myself a comic fan, preferring prose, but something about the elegance of the “artful combination of words and pictures” has really intrigued me. Beginning with autobiographical and other small press comics, I’ve been enjoying more and more graphic novels. Then, thinking bac...more
Matt
Dec 18, 2012 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
I've always been a fan of the way Scott McCloud explains things, even if he can occasionally over-simplify. Making Comics is like a grand overview of the thing itself, but it's less about the industry and more about what considerations go into the process as an artist and storyteller. While thIs book is an overview, a bibliography and extensive list of references offer an easy opportunity to delve deeper into almost any subject presented. While I think his discussions on expressin emotions and h...more
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“If you just write the kinds of stories you think others will want to read, you'll be competing with cartoonists who are far more enthusiastic for that kind of comic than you are, and they'll kick your ass every time.” 2 likes
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