Critic and Curator Jeff Ward joins Duncan and Richard in
interviewing Comic theorist, artist, educator and all around
kickass guy Scott McCloud.
From Scott McCloud's website (www.scottmccloud.com)
"At the age of 15, I remember telling my friend Kurt Busiek
"I've decided to become a professional comic book artist." It was
the Summer between 10th and 11th Grades. My previous decision to
become World Chess Champion had proved impractical, but this time I
knew I could pull it off and a year and a half out of college, I
Today, I'm probably best known for:
Comics. A 215-page comic book about comics that explains
the inner workings of the medium and examines many aspects of
visual communication along the way. Understanding Comics has
done well in stores, is in over 15 languages and, while not
universally liked, is about as close to it as I'm ever
likely to see. A favorite of interface, game and Web designers
despite the fact that it doesn't mention computers once. (Published
Comics. The controversial 242-page follow-up to U.C.
advocates 12 different revolutions in the way comics are created,
distributed and perceived with special emphasis on the potential of
Online Comics. Nearly every page seemed to step on somebody's toes,
and the debates in the comics industry over comics on the Web have
gotten increasingly heated since its publication. Reinventing
Comics is the only book I've ever written that's been actually
described as "dangerous." (Published 2000).
- My Online
Comics. They're all here (or at least linked
to from here). Take a look.
Speaking and Teaching. Click to find out more.
- Zot!. My
first series ran for 36 issues at California's Eclipse Comics.
Though ostensibly a superhero story, Zot! had an alternative
flavor and featured some unorthodox storytelling and compositions.
"A cross between Peter Pan, Buck Rogers and Marshall McLuhan" is
how I usually describe it. (1984-1991)
Inventions. Over the years, I've created a number of
strange, comics-related, um... things. Enough that I decided to
give them their own section of this site. Check it out.
- My Other Comics.Though not numerous, I
have done other printed comics including 1985's Destroy!!,
a 12 issue stint writing Superman
Adventures, in the mid-90's, a bizarre and generally
disliked graphic novel
about Abraham Lincoln, some mini-comics, short pieces, and
various comics-style articles in magazines like Wired,
Nickelodeon, Computer Gaming World, Wizard and Publishers'
Depending on who you ask, I'm either comics' leading theorist or
a deranged lunatic, but life continues to be very interesting for
me and the ideas that I've raised continue to provoke reactions
throughout the comics community and -- increasingly -- beyond it.
Pick up Understanding
Comics (or look for it at your local library) to begin
finding out why."
ALSO: Mark Staff Brandl checks in to review art with his
students from the Central European Bureau!
Lastly Duncan and Joanna act wacky and Joanna has some