How to Read a Comic Book
Comic books are much more than the silly distraction they are often thought to be. They are part of an art from with many sub-genres at the height of their maturity. Comics have become diverse, literary, sophisticated, adult-oriented, and in many cases, high-art, and they’re only getting better. On this episode, we ask how and why this happened, and explore how to recognize comics for the art they are.
Scott McCloud may be the world’s leading comic book theorist. He writes non-fiction books explaining the art, creates his own comics, and teaches and consults on the techniques, history, and importance of comics. His books Understanding Comics, Making Comics, and Reinventing Comics are impressive as both comics and analytic works. More information can be found about him at www.scottmccloud.com.
Institute for Philosophy in Public Life
Weinstein, Jack Russell and McCloud, Scott, "How to Read a Comic Book" (2018). Why? Radio Podcast Archive. 25.