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Do you have a New Years Resolution? 

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If you didn't read my previous journal, for Christmas I got a butt-ton of books, all of which are art or writing related. And I vowed to share with you my thoughts on them, if I remembered. And I did.

Understanding Comics, The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud


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I loved this thing so much, that halfway through reading it I bought another book he wrote; "Making Comics: the Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels". I just finished Understanding Comics today, and I'm not sure how to articulate how smart this book is.

When I told my mom I was reading a book titled "Understanding Comics, the Invisible Art" she laughed! She thought the idea of calling comics an 'invisible art' was silly and that this book must be taking itself to seriously. I explained to her that's actually what the very first chapter (and so often revisited in later chapters) was about. McCloud discusses how comics are very commonly overlooked as something children or young teens read, and how many people think of it as something not to be taken seriously. BUT in fact, as we know better now in 2015, comics are an ever-growing form of storytelling and it's not confined to one idiom. And that comics or 'sequential art' go back thousands of years.

The book was published in 1993, and I can see how it must of been very forward thinking in its day. McCloud actually predicts a lot of the directions comics took, 20 years ahead of time. He talks about Japan's 'recent' influence on American comics, and actually spends some time exploring what makes America's comics different from Europe's or Japan's.

He also discusses strange concepts comics deal with constantly, that on a surface level as a consumer you may not have ever considered. Things like time and space in panels, the panels and their shapes themselves, the perceived word and the received image, and how abstract words and written language truly is.
There's some heavy shit in here to be sure. Yet the whole book is fun to read and very involving.
It's done in comic-form, and McCloud's avatar talks to you directly, and manipulates the wold around him to make points. It's fucking crazy.

All in all the book is 215 pages, 9 chapters, and if I wanted to I could have knocked this out in a day easy. Though, many of the chapters may require some reflecting, each one leads very smoothly into the next.
I loved this book, and I'll go back to it for another read for sure. Highly recommend. I was told this was a staple of learning more intricately about comics, now I have to agree!


I don't know what I'll read next, but I'm crossing this off my list, for now.

  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Making Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Blue Estate (hardcover collection) by Viktor Kalvachev
  • Framed Ink by Marcos Mateu-Mestre
  • Drawing Words And Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden
  • Vanishing Point by Jason Cheeseman-Meyer
  • The Art of Time in Fiction by Joan Silber
  • The Art of Fiction by David Lodge
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
  • Empowered by Adam Warren

Also, please PLEASE let me know if there's anything that's not on my Reading List that you'd recommend! I got all of these book based of recommendations and without them I might be completely lost. Keep them coming!

  • Mood: Adoration
  • Reading: maybe Blue Estate?
  • Watching: Friends

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If you didn't read my previous journal, for Christmas I got a butt-ton of books, all of which are art or writing related. And I vowed to share with you my thoughts on them, if I remembered. And I did.

Understanding Comics, The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud


Img 20150121 201113 by Toniic

I loved this thing so much, that halfway through reading it I bought another book he wrote; "Making Comics: the Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels". I just finished Understanding Comics today, and I'm not sure how to articulate how smart this book is.

When I told my mom I was reading a book titled "Understanding Comics, the Invisible Art" she laughed! She thought the idea of calling comics an 'invisible art' was silly and that this book must be taking itself to seriously. I explained to her that's actually what the very first chapter (and so often revisited in later chapters) was about. McCloud discusses how comics are very commonly overlooked as something children or young teens read, and how many people think of it as something not to be taken seriously. BUT in fact, as we know better now in 2015, comics are an ever-growing form of storytelling and it's not confined to one idiom. And that comics or 'sequential art' go back thousands of years.

The book was published in 1993, and I can see how it must of been very forward thinking in its day. McCloud actually predicts a lot of the directions comics took, 20 years ahead of time. He talks about Japan's 'recent' influence on American comics, and actually spends some time exploring what makes America's comics different from Europe's or Japan's.

He also discusses strange concepts comics deal with constantly, that on a surface level as a consumer you may not have ever considered. Things like time and space in panels, the panels and their shapes themselves, the perceived word and the received image, and how abstract words and written language truly is.
There's some heavy shit in here to be sure. Yet the whole book is fun to read and very involving.
It's done in comic-form, and McCloud's avatar talks to you directly, and manipulates the wold around him to make points. It's fucking crazy.

All in all the book is 215 pages, 9 chapters, and if I wanted to I could have knocked this out in a day easy. Though, many of the chapters may require some reflecting, each one leads very smoothly into the next.
I loved this book, and I'll go back to it for another read for sure. Highly recommend. I was told this was a staple of learning more intricately about comics, now I have to agree!


I don't know what I'll read next, but I'm crossing this off my list, for now.

  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Making Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Blue Estate (hardcover collection) by Viktor Kalvachev
  • Framed Ink by Marcos Mateu-Mestre
  • Drawing Words And Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden
  • Vanishing Point by Jason Cheeseman-Meyer
  • The Art of Time in Fiction by Joan Silber
  • The Art of Fiction by David Lodge
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
  • Empowered by Adam Warren

Also, please PLEASE let me know if there's anything that's not on my Reading List that you'd recommend! I got all of these book based of recommendations and without them I might be completely lost. Keep them coming!

  • Mood: Adoration
  • Reading: maybe Blue Estate?
  • Watching: Friends
Hey hey hey! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a great Holiday season in general!
I had a very good Christmas, everyone seemed to love the gifts I gave, and I definitely love every single gift I received. I also got everything I asked for, which this christmas was mostly books. So. MANY. BOOKS.

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The Gift of KNOWLEDGE.



For a bit, I felt I had hit a wall of learning. The internet is a great resource, but I felt like I was grasping at straws when I could've been more effectively teaching myself about things I needed to know. That's when somebody told me about books. Actual physical produced collections about all kinds of shit! And I knew I needed to get my hands on some. 

Every book I asked for I got off a recommendation, mostly from warnoon and FLARHGUNNSTOW (thanks nerds)

And this is what I got:
  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Blue Estate (hardcover collection) by Viktor Kalvachev
  • Framed Ink by Marcos Mateu-Mestre
  • Drawing Words And Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden
  • Vanishing Point by Jason Cheeseman-Meyer
  • The Art of Time in Fiction by Joan Silber
  • The Art of Fiction by David Lodge
  • On Writing by Stephen King
I'm looking forward to unlocking their secrets and absorbing their wisdom (through osmosis. That's how books work, right?) over the next few months, and hopefully I'll remember to write journals about them to tell you guys...?

I've also own and already digested Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work both by Austin Kleon, which, DEAR GOD I RECOMMEND
And I also have to read Asterios Polyp (David Mazzucchelli) and Empowered (Adam Warren) to clear my list. 

Anyway, some of these are actual comics, some are books on drawing, some on writing, some are both, and all should be incredible help. I'll let you know.

And please please please, if you know any books you think I missed and need to read, my god, leave a comment! 


Have a wonderful and safe New Year, however you're celebrating it!

See you next year!

  • Mood: dA Love
  • Reading: Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Drinking: OJ and green tea (I'M SICK HELP ME)
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Mistzy The Feraligtr by Toniic
Mistzy The Feraligtr
Mitzy is a close friends most prized Pokemon, and she is also the prettiest Princess. Now you can have her sweet and beautiful face on shirts, stickers and prints!
Available on my Redbubble!

Mitzy belongs to FLARHGUNNSTOWÂ, I hope you like it!
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More things I did:
Wish Upon a Star! by Toniic Tricks and Treats! by Toniic He's Holding A Cat. by Toniic Red Sky by Toniic 

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Red Sky by Toniic
Red Sky
There's a red sky every morning when I wake up with you
They say red skies come as a warning I don't know what to do
Character is Devi from WIP project, BULL'S EYE

More from me and this project:
Coming in Hot! by Toniic He's Holding A Cat. by Toniic I'm in Miami, Bitch by Toniic Light Blinds Me by Toniic 

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Llama trade! ;)
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