I got Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics out of the library a while ago, and after posting quick practical notes on my LJ, completely forgot about logging it until now.
This is a book on the history, theory, and practice of sequential art (comics and manga), told through sequential art. I can understand why McCloud made this choice, since he'd need a large fraction in comic form to illustrate his points; and yet I wonder if the format excludes some people who might get something out of a partly-prose book. I checked this out to increase my understanding as a reader, so I skimmed a lot of the history and the exhortations to creators: highly enthusiastic, but not what I was looking for. As for the practical stuff, some of it crystalized things that I'd noticed (especially in several posts doing close readings of Saiyuki art) but hadn't verbalized; some of it just felt obvious, but then this wasn't the first sequential art criticism I'd read.
If you have already found that your brain can process sequential art, and are interested in the history or the nuts and bolts of the form, this is worth a quick browse at the least.
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