This is a rare and exciting work that ingeniously uses comics to examine the medium itself. McCloud conducts a genial, well-researched and funny tour of virtually every historical and perceptual aspect of comics, which he calls “sequential art” that is, art that consists of sequences of words and pictures.
Beginning in the 11th century with the Bayeux tapestry, he examines pre-Columbian picture languages and the printing press, presenting a quick survey of the historical development of early sequential pictures into the specialized visual language of comics. But it’s McCloud’s accessible and quite amusing discussion of realism, abstraction and visual perception that forms the heart of this survey. He dissects the vocabulary of the medium, cheerfully analyzing the psychological power of comics and their central role in our ultra-visual culture. McCloud attempts to place comics within the tradition of serious western art. His black-and-white drawings are a delight, ranging from simplified cartoons to parodies of classic comics and fine art, all the while manifesting every theory and comics trend discussed.
One thing attracts me most is McCloud interprets Mayan and Egyptian fresco as one kind of comic,which is far beyond my expectation. For all I know about comics is Marvel, DC or Jump….McCloud exactly gives me a wider definition about comics.