Reading Notes on Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics
Notes on Understanding Comics
Scott's official website http://scottmccloud.com/.
This book is largely a analysis on the nature and form of comics, with a brief exploration of its history.
First, he defines what is comics. Namely, that of Sequential Art.
Notes on Reinventing Comics
The following are some random notes in reading Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics sequel: Reinventing Comics.
Chapter 2: Negativeland: The Business of Comics
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (born 1984) started out as a random mocking crotchet, and by happenstance became a instant mega hit that made its creators: Kevin Eastman (born 1962), Peter Laird (born 1954), millionaires.
It spurred a era of comics speculation by investors and growth of comics.
There is a 〈The Creator's Bill of Rights〉 At http://www.scottmccloud.com/4-inventions/bill/index.html, as a attempt to put more power to artist than comics corporations.
Chapter 3: Community Standards: The View From Outside
A opportunistic moralist moron: Fredric Wertham (1895 – 1981).
Dr. Fredric Wertham (March 20, 1895 – November 29, 1981) was a German-American psychiatrist and crusading author who protested the purportedly harmful effects of mass media—comic books in particular—on the development of children. His best-known book was Seduction of the Innocent (1954), which led to a U.S. Congressional inquiry into the comic book industry and the creation of the Comics Code.
Mike Diana, a underground artist persecuted by the moralists and convicted of obscenity.
Ariel Dorfman (born 1942) and Armand Matterlart wrote How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic . She also wrote Death and the Maiden (play), which made into a film. Buy at amazon (i haven't read the play but the film is excellent!) The subject of the film is about sex torture and confession.
Other interesting items, most are mentioned in the book:
- Frank Miller (comics) (born 1975)
- Neal Adams (born 1941)
- Gilbert Hernandez (born 1957)
- 24-hour comic