Posts Tagged ‘Scott McCloud’

Telling a Story in 5 Panels with G+

Monday, August 15th, 2011

So Google+ is the new “hot” social network that everyone’s jumping aboard, though it’s not without its flaws—chief among them being that Google continues to insist that people use their “real” names, even when there are many good reasons why people might not want to. Putting that controversy aside, the site has many benefits, and some comics creators have even found the site’s “about” page to be yet another creative outlet.

A user’s about page on Google+ has a space to put up some pictures, presumably pictures of themselves, but instead Scott McCloud and Stephen Hitchen have used the slots as comic panels, telling (very) short stories.

Aside from being really informative about what they do (pictures really do speak louder than words), it just looks cool. Now I’m just staring at that empty slot on my own Google+ page, and pondering the possibilities.

(via The Ephemerist)

Images Do Speak Louder Than Words

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

In a paper titled “Narrative Visualization: Telling Stories with Data,” Edward Segel and Jeffrey Heer of Stanford University identified the comic strip as one of the seven genres of narrative visualization. Other genres include the flow chart and the partitioned poster. Infographics in general have become very popular on the web and in print, with The New York Times publishing multimedia content on topics such as the US Census, and sites like Information is Beautiful and GOOD specialize in creating graphics that are not only informative, but aesthetically-pleasing.

Perhaps it was only inevitable that people would take the art of creating comics and break it down, infographic-style. Well, that’s what Scott McCloud’s trilogy of nonfiction comics—Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics—were all about, but Damian Niolet has done one better and created a giant cheat sheet with all the things “a finished work of fiction in comic book form should demonstrate careful consideration of.”

Scott McCloud himself has called it “big, beautiful, and kinda terrifying” but for any established or aspiring comic creator, it’s worth a look.

Jenny’s Fumetti

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

The Internet was all in an amused tizzy yesterday over the antics of one Jenny, who apparently quit her job at a brokerage by sending a batch of 33 photos around to everyone in the office wherein she outed her boss as a sexist, Farmville addict.

Well, apparently “Jenny” is a hoax. She’s actually an actress named Elyse Porterfield, and was hired by the theCHIVE.com to be the face of this hoax. For what purpose, no one is sure, though the comment on the site, “You’ll see in the coming days she’s as smart as she is sexy” seems to indicate she is more than a temp at theCHIVE.

Why are we mentioning this on this blog at all? Well, if you ask Scott McCloud,

I say the the Dry-Erase Girl photo quitting is comics. Who’s with me?: http://bit.ly/ajUFKe #alsoreallyfunnyless than a minute ago via web


And yes, we sometimes call photocomics like Dry Erase Girl “fumetti” (popular in Italy) but still a form of comics, IMO.less than a minute ago via web

So it goes. You can also see some more examples on his blog.

Understanding Web Browsing

Monday, September 1st, 2008

On September 1, 2008, Google entered the web browser market. Google Chrome is an open source browser project looking to revolutionize the web broswer market. So who do you get to intro your new browser? Why none other than Scott McCloud, who is certainly familiar with how-to!

For those unfamiliar with Scott McCloud, he is the writer and artist of “Understanding Comics,” “Reinventing Comics” and “Making Comics,” which have assisted many a person in learning how to develop their own comic book, or simply to understand the comics medium a bit better. Now he uses his talents to get the word out on a new browser technology. So what makes this thing so special? The comic explains that unlike other web browsers which employ the use of only one computer process, Google Chrome will open a new process with each task it is asked to do—this allows for continued work in a browser even if a particular tab or window crashes on you. Since the project will be completely open-source, this will let any developer use the browser to create whatever modded, tweaked, or integrated version of the technology they want.

McCloud is working off a script created almost entirely by the engineers themselves with this comic, and it shows. The feel is that of a keynote or a tech demo at a convention, only utilizing art instead of video to get a point across. On his web site, McCloud goes into further details on the project which was not originally created for the web.

It was designed as a printed comic for journalists and bloggers. Lots of people have had fun scanning those advance printed copies and posting them however, which is fine with Google (and me) since it’s published under the creative commons license.

The comic book in its entirety is now officially up at the Google Chrome web site for official viewing, but thanks to Creative Commons, I am sure you will indeed find it everywhere in a matter of…well, just about now.