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Understanding Comics

by Scott McCloud. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1993

McCloud's cartoony avatar walks readers through the techniques and theories surrounding comic making — the world of sequential art. After numerous reprints, this book remains a comprehensive, authoritative and hugely useful tool for getting newbies to give comics a shot.

It has won multiple Harvey Awards including Best Graphic Album/Original Material and Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation and Best Writer, and the Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book.

See how to use this book to teach writing comics in Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy pages (124-125).

Grades 5+

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