Cartoonist and theorist Scott McCloud has been making and thinking about comics for decades. He is the author of Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. This classic volume explores formal aspects of comics, the historical development of the medium, its fundamental vocabulary, and various ways in which these elements have been used. Scott McCloud breaks down some of the universals in comics and guides us through some of the comic books that pushed the art form forward. Then we use that lens to look at graphic communication in the world at large.
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The character’s legacy was tarnished by the Sylvester Stallone movie and redeemed by the 2012 reboot. He should get another shot.
Legendary comics author and novelist Warren Ellis joins me on The DisinfoCast for a conversation about the future that was, artificial intelligence, the Singularity, aliens (ancient and otherwise), the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson, porn and even a little bit about comic books. Tune in.
It’s the end of the world! And since our eyeglasses are intact, we have time enough at last, to read. We discuss Maureen McHugh’s "After the Apocalypse" short-story collection, Cormac McCarthy’s "The Road," and other apocalypse tales we have known. Do zombies have their own David Attenborough, leading expeditions into Cleveland? Why should you be afraid if heavy snowfall combines with the appearance of strange invisible magic ghost sex-dragon monsters? And why does John Siracusa plan to ride out the apocalypse in style? We ask several of these questions, but you’ll have to listen to see if we ever answer any of them.
Iyare Igiehon (BBC 6music) discusses the work of Warren Ellis with Matt Jones (BERG design), Matthew Sheret (We are words + pictures) and Kieron Gillen (X-Men). Jones talks about SVK, the new comic by Ellis and D’Israeli, commissioned by BERG, Sheret discusses how Ellis inspired him to become a writer and Gillen talks about his friendship with the writer and their Marvel collaborations.
It started out as a miserable morning – what with all the rain – but it was soon brightened by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie who joined us to talk on Phonogram and the tunes behind the making of the comic.
Described most simply as a modern dark-fantasy comic, Phonogram follows a social group of spiteful pop-obsessive magicians called Phonomancers, who channel and exploit their magic to achieve their desires. Intrigued?
- Hummer – Foals
- Me And The Major – Belle & Sebastian
- Life Being What It Is – Kaki King
- Cowboy – Kenickie
- Live It Out – Metric
- Gospel 2000 – Make-up
- Mamma Used To Say – Jupiter
- Band Of Gold – The Afghan Whigs
- Ways To Make It Though The Wall – Los Campesinos!
- Fighting In Built Up Areas – Ladytron
Keith recently sat down with the man himself, Paul Cornell, and discussed Doctor Who and writing for comics.
Paul Cornell is a novelist as well as a comics and TV writer. He is best known for his work on Doctor Who in both literary and television formats. In addition, Paul created Bernice Summerfield, a fan-favorite in the Doctor Who universe. His comic works includes Captain Britain and MI-13 as well The X-Men.
Scott and I recorded a telephone conversation where topics spanned influences, Edward Tufte, the rise of visual expression in every day life, crafting the Google Chrome comic, micropayments, and the basics UX designers should know about crafting comics.
Scott McCloud is both an accomplished comics creator and critic. His books of comics criticism, "Understanding Comics," "Reinventing Comics" and "Making Comics" are classics of the form, and are standard-issue in hip literature classes around the country. His newest book is a compilation of his 1980s superhero series Zot!. He talks with us about how to read comics and how he incorporated the influences of the comics of other cultures into his own work in the ’80s.