Author/theorist Scott McCloud has been called “the Aristotle of Comics.” He’s the brains behind the idea of “the infinite canvas” (according to which a computer screen is a window rather than a page) and the “Big Triangle” (a theoretical map of every possible form of visual art and communication). He invented Five Card Nancy (a DIY card game using reprinted cartoon panels) and originated both the 24-hour comic (a 24-panel comic created in 24 consecutive hours) and the Creators Bill of Rights (guidelines for the fair treatment of art makers).
During the CAMH Artist Talk: Scott McCloud, he’ll discuss graphic novels, their cultural impact and their future. Connie McAllister, director of community engagement at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, says, “For comic-book lovers, McCloud affirms the rich and complex universes created within their pages. For skeptics, McCloud reveals a secret language, allowing readers to gain new insight into what comics were really trying to get across all along.”
Known for his nonfiction graphic novels about comics (1993’s Understanding Comics, 2000’s Reinventing Comics and 2006’s Making Comics), McCloud is not an ivory-tower intellectual. He’s been in the artistic trenches, creating the comics series Zot! and the superhero parody Destroy!! and authoring a dozen issues of DC Comics Superman Adventures and the three-part Superman: Strength.
5216 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
6:30 p.m. 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713-284-8250 or visit camh.org. Free.
Thu., May 22, 6:30 p.m., 2014