April 23rd, 2007

Viking Spongebob

Up on a McCloud

Tonight, Julie and I went to a lecture by Scott McCloud. If you think that the X-Men are t5he height of comic sophistication, McCloud has spent the better part of fifteen years thinking, lecturing an writing on sequential narrative. He's written (and illustrated) three books on comics, taking up where Will eisner left off. Might not agree with everything he says, but he does so in an intelligent and entertaining manner. He's also renowned as a comic book author and artist, who created Zot, Destroy and many others.

The lecture was fast paced, thought-provoking and fun. It was sort of like reading one of his books on comics, as he talked about theories, experiences and the futures of graphic narratives. I had never seen him lecture--or even seen him at a con--before, so I was highly pleased. there was a full auditorium, and he signed a helluva lot of books, both his escapist fare and his ruminations on sequential narrative. Julie even asked a question.

If you ever get a chance to see him lecture, go. It'll be well worth it and you'll be entertained even if you think funny books should be no more than mindless fluff!

He doesn't look like the little caricaturehe uses for his books. For a few pictures from the evening, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/folo/sets/72157600117777220/