I’ve been hearing good things about Scott McCloud’s comics-theory-in-comic-form for a solid decade now, and it really is very good. I always like a good diagram, and McCloud has a number of them: a pyramid of abstraction/increasing iconification of images and words, a nice layered model for how form, structure, craft, surface etc interact in any work of art, and so on. The chapter on what happens in the “gutter” between panels was fascinating, and he makes a good case for why comics (of course, he’s fond of Eisner’s term “sequential art”) are more than just “elaborate storyboards” for movies. Some of this is more obvious now than it was in 1993; he’s got a new book out called Making Comics that doesn’t seem to be available at the Queens Public Library yet. ****

[tags]comics, theory, diagrams, scott mccloud, art, books[/tags]