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Zot! by Scott McCloud
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Sep 27, 11

bookshelves: graphic-comics
Read from September 19 to 27, 2011

McCloud literally wrote the book on comics, Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art so I was naturally curious about his earlier work in the genre. What's interesting is how McCloud developed his themes, shifting from the cartoony superhero vs. villain stories to an examination of universal social themes among the teenage cast (escape fantasies, peer pressure and alienation, idealism vs. realism, etc.)

Yet even in those earlier, more "traditional" comic stories, you can see McCloud playing with the visual possibilities of the medium. The variety of styles in "The Eyes of Dekko" is particularly stunning. You can see the themes of "Understanding Comics" forming.

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