Scott McCloud í 1 FREE DOWNLOADManhattan devolves by its halfway point into an endless series of overly sentimental overly earnest character studies about small town New England literally as if the creators of Superman suddenly decided one day to permanently saddle him in his Clark Kent persona then make him a minor character in Sherwood Anderson s Winesburg Ohio yet another inspiration that McCloud specifically references in his introduction by nameNow to be air even
McCloud himself acknowledges most of the weaknesses in Zot in the ascinating 2008 write ups he did to accompany eachhimself acknowledges most of the weaknesses in Zot in the ascinating 2008 write ups he did to accompany each plus I always think it
S Fair To Cutfair to cut well known artist a lot of slack when looking back at their raw early work and especially any stuff they might ve done Alpha Teach Yourself Project Management In 24 Hours for just a small audience back in their twenties like is the case here But still it s important I think to acknowledge the problems this series has and to let people know that they re not exactly going to be stumbling across someorgotten Postmodernist Watchmen masterpiece when picking this up despite these issues coming out at the same time as Alan Moore s 80s classic and in the early episodes dealing lightly with the same What Makes Superheroes Really Tick themes Fun to read if you have a random chance and a book I m glad at least exists but not something I d recommend going out of your way to procureOut of 10 79 I was ready to give this book a bad review reviling Scott McCloud Indigenous Childrens Survivance In Public Schools for ever doing anything but smart analyses of the comics medium like in Understanding Comics Then I got to the last third of this graphic novel Theirst two thirds of Zot consist of McCloud inding himself as a writer and unfortunately that means many of the stories are nonsensical villains of the week combined with overwrought humor Zot himself is pretty boring and the characters around him are meaningless Then two thirds of the way through its run its like
Scott McCloud Realized That Zot As AMcCloud realized that Zot as a is dull and needed to ocus on human drama At this point Earth Stories as they re called this comic takes a Strangers in Paradise esue turn The stories Test Your Iq focus on love slices of life and ancillary characters to great success The cheesy villains have disappeared andor some reason there s a kid in underwear still hanging around This makes or a much better comic it s just a shame that it took Mr McCloud to progress enough to get to that point in his storytelling I suspect this isn t the most reuent word people use 12 24 for Scott McCloud s work but I keep coming back to thinking of Zot as charming I was absolutely and undeniably charmed by the wistful worldly Jenny and herriends on our Earth and by her cheerful clueless superhero boyfriend Zot Zachary T Paleozogt and his EarthMcCloud s clean black and white drawings openly influenced by manga style before that sort of thing became ubiuitous seamlessly evoke the shining towers and soaring skyways of Zot s Seventy Scenes Of Halloween farlung alternate uture 1965 a benign version of William Gibson s Gernsback Continuum Gibson himself is uoted calling Zot The classic retrofit of the postwar comic gestalt Zot s world bears than a little resemblance to the land of Faerie streamlined and chromed or moderne eyes But McCloud doesn t ignore the grit and grief of our own urban and messy Earth either Especially in later episodes Zot reflects reality without Handbook Of Medi Val Geography And History flinchingThis omnibus edition encompasses the entire monochrome run of McCloud s comicrom 1987 through 1991 with new autobiographical and technical commentary by McCloud It s Test Yourself In Non Medical Prescribing By Noel Harris Diane Shearer full of costume clad superheroes and super villains but it is by no means only that McCloud s conceit allows him to explore deeper contrasts between what is and what ought to be and Zot s world attractive as it is does not always come out on top in such comparisonsThis admirable book is not just aun read though it is certainly that as well it also inherently and without Scars Of The Prophet fanfare helps establish significanceor the graphic Baba Sali format telling a story that would be very difficult to render as plain text and prefiguring the case McCloud made explicit in his landmark analysis Understanding ComicsAnd it s charming. Stepping across the portals to each other's worlds Zot and Jenny's lives will never be the same againNowor the Science And Technology first time since its original publication than twenty years ago every one of McCloud's pagesrom the black and white series has been collected in this must have commemorative edition The Future Of Religion for aficionados to treasure and newans to discove. G The Paradox Of A Perfectionist from start toinish
McCloud uses a variety of approaches to create various effects but his main mode isuses a variety of approaches to create various effects but his main mode is clear line style similar to that seen in Tintin with a dash of manga expressionismAll in all a joy to read and a Eikhenbaum On Tolstoi feastor the eyes It s like reading stories you wrote in high school slightly uncomfortable juvenilia or sure but every so often shot through with moments of beauty that show you knew than you thought you did even though you thought you knew everything and knew nothing at all Zot The Complete Black and White Collection
1991 collects issues 11 of Zot the black and white issuesBack in the day my irst exposure to Zot was issues 30 31 two of the Earth stories about Jenny and her El Hombre Elstico Y Otros Cuentos friends Since the scars of adolescence were stillairly The Secret Meaning Of Names Revised Edition fresh I was enthralled Asate should have it Scott McCloud published a book of the black and white issues of Zot of which the Earth stories were a part ofThe book starts off in the vein of the last book albeit in black and white Jenny is pining over Zot and he arrives After a series of adventures on Zot s earth the story shifts to our earth and Oh Ta Kriza focuses on human storiesI don t know how long the hiatus between issues 10 and 11 of Zot were but Scott McCloud s art evolved by leaps and bounds Black and white definitely did him aavor both in the super heroic tales and the Earth stories The manga influence is still there as is the traditional super hero influence but the man can draw His earth stories have so much intricate art To paraphrase the man himself drawing utopian cityscapes is one thing but a Burger King in the rain is something elseWhile I enjoy the black and white super hero stories with Dekko The Blotch 9 Jack 9 and Bellows the Earth stories are Breath Of Flame And Shadow Rising Dragons 6 farar better A Captured By The Alien Lord Warriors Of The Lathar 1 few of them were nominatedor Eisner awards The Earth stories The Sounds Of The 50s focus on Jenny and herriends and Zot is in the periphery Fox And Falcon for the most part McCloud tells some personal emotional stories and tackles subjects like alcoholism homosexuality homophobia teenage sex and racism all problems that have been solved since 1991 I was being sarcastic before anyone chimes inThe ending was sad but hopeful I m glad McCloud left things open ended enough to do Zot Online years later I ll have to give that a read sometime soonTheirst time I read these comics I was only a couple years older than Jenny and her high school Skinned Cold Awakening 1 friends I m happy to say the past couple decades have not diminished the series It s still aive star read particularly the earth stories Reprinted rom the Chicago Center or Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegallyLong before Scott McCloud became the guru of comics deconstruction with his wildly popular trilogy of nonfiction titles on the subject 1993 s Understanding Comics 2000 s Reinventing Comics and 2006 s Making Comics he was the author of the late 80s underground hit Zot an important transitional title between the daring but On Time filthy work that mostly marked this industry in the 70s and the mainstreaming of indie comics in the 90s but a title that hadallen into almost complete obscurity by our own times so it s nice to see the almost complete run of the comic minus its Dumb As Me first ten crappy color proto issues repackaged by Harper into a slick hefty trade paperback something that Ieel deserves to happen to the early work of nearly every artist who manages to survive over the years Wagners Tristan Und Isolde for posterity s sake if nothing else Unfortunately though when McCloud mentions in the introduction how inspired he was by the then unknown mangaormat Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru And The Peasantry from Japan one of the veryirst American artists to be so in act he doesn t mean the post apocalyptic hard sci i wing of manga but rather the sappy soap operaish domestic dramas so loved by thirteen year old girls and what starts as a Ratana fairly clever premise the adventures of a do gooder superhero in a parallel universe New York perpetually stuck in KennedyJetsons Late Modernist shininess and how this messes with the superhero s head when he visits our own run down 80s. Netic and innovative exploration of comics' potential that helped set the stageor McCloud's later groundbreaking theoretical workZachary T Paleozogt lives in the Racismo Sexismo E Desigualdade No Brasil farlung The Three Sevens future of 1965 a utopian Earth of world peace robot butlers andlying cars Jenny Weaver lives in an imperfect world of disappointment and broken promises the Earth we live in. I really can t capture the whole essence of Zot but I really want to talk about it Zot is my avorite superhero "comic and one of my avorite comics in "and one of my avorite comics in Zot is about understanding what superheros really are it s about getting to know yourself it s about Rants And Incendiary Tracts finding your sexuality it s about relationships it s aboutamily it s about Unknown Man 89 Jack Ryan 2 friendship it s about big ideas it s about ideals and staying true to them The characters in this book deal with relationship problems deal with theirears deal with bullies get through divorces they have crushes they get jealous they get angry they are Ten Fathoms Deep full rounded persons with uniue personalities The most of the characters in this comic book are completely realistic and relatable As a last thing I would like to say that I believe that it s essentialor every teenager to read Zot I m not sure but I believe that Zot had a huge influence on Brian K Vaughan I know it had on me and the way that I write you can also ind my review at my comicsbooksmovies related Instagram account artfanatic313 Just got it by the author of Understanding Comics Wow that1987 Collects Issues 11
S A Lot Of Comicsa lot of comics 20 bucks Black and white thoughAll done It was uneven in the beginning but I elt my interest escalate as everything improved working my way to the end The director s commentary every ew chapters helped me appreciate it I wasn t a big an of the cheesy supervillians except Fools Of The Bible for Dekker who sees the world in what looks like modern art Manga influenced but the author doesn t go overboard on silent panels sooo overused these days plus he brings in a lot of other techniuesrom manga as well He s also not afraid of words and small panels Maybe he should sell the earth stories seperately That s the last 3rd where the stories are about everyday life I like this techniue where he occasionally shifts On Palestine from a cartoonishace to a realistic 3d one An indie but well drawn black and white comic I ll be sure to check out his webcomics and the next graphic novel he s working on I bought this 550 page graphic novel used Prisoner Of Tehran from myav comic shop Maybe the best Heroes Lovers And Others five bucks I ever spent Zot is a treasure A deconstruction of the superhero genre that is as hopeful as Watchmen is bleak The commentaryrom Scott McCloud after each issue is always humble and thoughtful and sometimes emotional It adds a ton to this collection If you like comics at all definitely check out Zot Before Understanding Comics writerartist Scott McCloud created the adventures of Zachary T Paleozogr aka Zot a teenager rom an alterna The modern Superman comes in or uite a bit of criticism Libertas for being a bit of a metrosexual wimp but the Superman of the 1950s was as much a product of his time with his gratingly patriarchal attitudeZot on the other hand is like a Superman out of timeree of the need to appear in twenty comic books a month or to maintain a status uo He s happy comfortable with his powers accepting of the things he can t change determined to change the things he can He has no hang ups but is understanding of the hang ups of othersThis superb and substantial book contains nearly all of his adventures in black and white leaving out backup strips and a couple of issues drawn by Chuck Austen though Scott McCloud s layouts are included The stories are light hearted The Sweeper Bot Plague Cultwick 1 funny and exciting with a bit of soap opera to keep you goingrom issue to issue McCloud s approach to super heroics and super villainy is imaginative and innovativeIf the book has one 3 To The Highest Power flaw it s that the author s notes which appear at the end of each story might have been better collected at the end of the book They areascinating but it The Sun Kings feels sometimes as if the author is trying to overdetermine the reader s response in particular in his attitude to the later issues which take place almost entirely on EarthHe obviously loved those issues as did a lot of readers but after reading so many notes about how much better the comic is without the superhero stuff Iound those issues rather underwhelming I much preferred the bulk of the book in which the relationship stuff is just one element among manyThe art is astoundin. From comics pioneer Scott McCloud the complete black and white collection of Zot Elles Ont Fait L Amrique De Remarquables Oublis 1 featuring never before seen artwork and extensive commentary by the authorLong before manga took the American comics market by storm Scott McCloud Understanding Comics Making Comics combined the best ideasrom manga alternative comics and superheroes into Zot a Born To Fly fre.