Making Comics?

By | Monday, September 18, 2006 Leave a Comment
I like to think that I do a fairly good job of keeping up with the comics industry. Not just Marvel or DC, mind you, but the industry as a whole. I'm generally not totally oblivious to the status of Red Sonja even if I don't read the title, or what Matt Wagner's been up to after his second Mage series.

But this weekend, I was passing through a bookstore and saw something called Making Comics by Scott McCloud. Totally new to me. I picked it up and flipped through it. Looks like totally new material. Not really a sequel to Understanding or Reinventing but something not unlike a how-to.

On the one hand, I'm really pleased that Scott's put this out. I like studying the form of comics often as much as the comics themselves, and the more I understand the actual construction, the more I can enjoy the finished result. I've found that I have a much deeper appreciation of good movies after having spent some time studying writing techniques and good storytelling principles.

On the other hand, I was totally blindsided by the news of the book's publication. Further, after doing a few quick searches online, I didn't realize that McCloud's on a fairly substanial book tour to promote said book. How is it that I totally missed any news on this before now? Sheesh! These are the types of things I should really be on top of, and I'm just completely not on top of them.
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