In their modern form, comics are accessible and anything but immature, or some “lowly” form of reading. This is not really news for us at the library because we have seen the development of the collection over the years. And while the form has expanded, there has also been a need to understand what has happened in the world of comics/graphic novels. Enter author, and comic artist Scott McCloud.
In his series of books, Understanding comics, Reinventing comics, and Making comics, he takes us on a fascinating and entertaining journey into the world of comics using the medium itself. Using a comic to describe a comic, he clearly shows his ideas about the origins of comics and what defines them. All of this is highlighted by his intelligent use of representational and nonrepresentational illustrations and various techniques. By the end of these three books you will not only have a solid understand of the medium, the industry, and the big names, but you will have probably absorbed it all much faster and permanently than could have been possible if only standard text was used. If comics are anything, they are usually vivid.
This weekend at the Ernst & Young Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive The Ottawa Comicon will be featuring many interesting artists and actors such as Gillian Anderson from the X-Files days, along with George Pérez who has drawn every DC character at one time or another. Check the Website for more information on the people who will be attending and for other details. Costume recommended.