October 13, 2001
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud and Fables and Reflections by Neil Gaiman
BCDC's rating: Understanding Comics: 3.95; Fables and Reflections: 3.75.
The menu for this meeting: Thai Hot and Sour Soup (Dom Yom Gai), cranberry spirals, too chocolate brownies
The BCDC Reading Guide for Understanding Comics and Fables and Reflections is below.
- Why do you think some authors like the comic book genre better than another to tell their story?
- Do you feel that Understanding Comics gave you an understanding of comics as an art form? Are you convinced comics are an art form?
- Was there anything in Sandman that clearly used comics techniques to achieve an effect that could not have been done in prose alone?
- If you were not a regular reader of comics before, has this exercise inclined you to read more?
- Do you read comics regularly? Has your reading/understanding changed since reading Understanding Comics?
- In McCloud's triangle diagram, what does it mean to go up the triangle on the words side? Does the words part belong in this picture?
- How did you react to being given visual representations of characters versus creating your own models/visuals in your head from prose?
- Did the reading of Understanding Comics inform your reading of Gaiman's book? Did you find it helpful? How?