When Scott McCloud tries to explain Understanding Comics to people, he invariably gets asked if it is a “how-to” book because the overview “[a] comic book about comics that explains the inner workings of the medium and examines many aspects of visual communication along the way” may not resonate with too many people not already interested in the inner workings of comics.
Since the release of his first book, McCloud has kept busy in the lecture circuit, with seminars and workshops on comics & technology and the art of comics storytelling. These visual lectures have culminated in a new book, Making Comics, his answer to the “how-to” manual for creating comics.
In the spirit of Will Eisner’s Comics and Sequential Art, McCloud’s new work will focus primarily on storytelling by examining and focusing on the elements that are unique to comics, applicable to both those in print and on the web.
Making Comics will be released early in 2006, published by HarperCollins.