16 March 2010

12 Revolutions.. before spring break!!

Scott McCloud starts off discussing the state in which the business side of comics is in these days and how he’s not sure if he will be able to keep writing them even though they’re his true passion. McCloud says he’s not using comics as a stepping stone to move on from them or so people will put them in plastic bags but he wants to see them as comic grow to their full potential while he grows at the same time. Scott then talks about as a kid the stages he went through; from the more innovative style, to the adventurous superhero, to the more challenging and/or titillating power fantasies nut he never just focused on one piece because he felt they were all pieces to a bigger puzzle. McCloud informs that from 1994 to 1998 there is a huge decline in comic and talks about the ups and downs comic industry made in that particular era. McCloud then writes about the initiation of comic strips in newspapers, how writers were innovative and creative to explore that side of comics. McCloud suggests some ideas which comics can have a brighter future; by writing comics to a much broader audience creating different styles and subject manner, which means offering a far more vivid and memorable to the reader than what the current comics offer, and establishing direct, meaningful exchange of ideas between the reader and the creator. He discusses the 12 revolutions of comics; comics as a Literature, Comics as Art, Creators Rights, Industry Innovation, Public Perception, Institutional Scrutiny, Gender Balance, Minority Representation, Diversity of Genre, Digital production, Digital Delivery, and Digital Comics.
I Like this piece a lot because he’s not only showing his passion and how deep it is but he’s giving readers knowledge on the business side of comics while trying to instill hope and confidence in other writers. There are so many writers that have to give up their love for writing comics because the industry isn’t doing so well. I think if he follows this intro and gets deeper as the book goes on he will actually reach out and connect with a lot of other writers, but more importantly the fans and critics or comics.


  1. nice summery i dont aggree with your idea that he can connect with fans and critics i just dont see fans or critics picking up his book. it took 10 years for someone to critisize his first book

  2. This is a great post, Max, but Maxx has a good point. However, it has now been almost ten years since McCloud wrote this book. Did McCloud's second book work, Maxx?

    And just watch the proofreading, Max :-)

  3. Very good summary and title but I don't think no one will pay attention to McCloud either. Its a shame they don't because he does have alot of information about comics but thats just how the world is now-a-days