Zot The Complete Black and White Collection 1987 1991 Read & Download ☆ 108

Read & Download Zot The Complete Black and White Collection 1987 1991

Zot The Complete Black and White Collection 1987 1991 Read & Download ☆ 108 Ô From comics pioneer Scott McCloud the complete black and white collection of Zot featuring never before seen artwork and extensive commentary by the authorLong before manga took the American comics market by storm Scott McCloudFrom comics pioneer Scott McCloud the complete black and white collection of Zot featuring never before seen artwork and extensive commentary by the authorLong before manga took the American comics market by storm Scott McCloud Understanding Comics Making Comics combined the best ideas from manga alternative comics and superheroes into Zot a fre. Before Understanding Comics writerartist Scott McCloud created the adventures of Zachary T Paleozogr aka Zot a teenager from an alternate Utopian Earth in the far flung future of 1965 Zot discovers a portal to our consensus 1980s reality and explores our not so perfect existence He befriends the teen Jenny Weaver and their adventures in both universes serve as the centerpiece for these delightful stories Initially the tales primarily revolve around Zot who is a super hero in his native land and the colorful villains he encounters About two thirds of the way through this massive 575 page collection the story focus changes dramatically as Zot gets trapped on our Earth and the stories begin to center around Zot and Jenny's friends Basically the series evolves into a high school drama with an exiled super hero The Earth Stories the last seuence title transforms an entertaining exploration of super hero and science fiction tropes into a superior dramatic comic book Throughout McCloud offers explanations and digressions into the individual stories through a series of commentaries and end notes Perhaps most profoundly this book grants an insight into the artistic evolution of one of comicdom's greatest ambassadors and educators

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Netic and innovative exploration of comics' potential that helped set the stage for McCloud's later groundbreaking theoretical workZachary T Paleozogt lives in the far flung future of 1965 a utopian Earth of world peace robot butlers and flying cars Jenny Weaver lives in an imperfect world of disappointment and broken promises the Earth we live in. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegallyLong before Scott McCloud became the guru of comics deconstruction with his wildly popular trilogy of nonfiction titles on the subject 1993's Understanding Comics 2000's Reinventing Comics and 2006's Making Comics he was the author of the late '80s underground hit Zot an important transitional title between the daring but filthy work that mostly marked this industry in the '70s and the mainstreaming of indie comics in the '90s but a title that had fallen into almost complete obscurity by our own times; so it's nice to see the almost complete run of the comic minus its first ten crappy color proto issues repackaged by Harper into a slick hefty trade paperback something that I feel deserves to happen to the early work of nearly every artist who manages to survive over the years for posterity's sake if nothing else Unfortunately though when McCloud mentions in the introduction how inspired he was by the then unknown manga format from Japan one of the very first American artists to be so in fact he doesn't mean the post apocalyptic hard sci fi wing of manga but rather the sappy soap operaish domestic dramas so loved by thirteen year old girls; and what starts as a fairly clever premise the adventures of a do gooder superhero in a parallel universe New York perpetually stuck in KennedyJetsons Late Modernist shininess and how this messes with the superhero's head when he visits our own run down '80s Manhattan devolves by its halfway point into an endless series of overly sentimental overly earnest character studies about small town New England literally as if the creators of Superman suddenly decided one day to permanently saddle him in his Clark Kent persona then make him a minor character in Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg Ohio yet another inspiration that McCloud specifically references in his introduction by nameNow to be fair even McCloud himself acknowledges most of the weaknesses in Zot in the fascinating 2008 write ups he did to accompany each issue; plus I always think it's fair to cut a well known artist a lot of slack when looking back at their raw early work and especially any stuff they might've done for just a small audience back in their twenties like is the case here But still it's important I think to acknowledge the problems this series has and to let people know that they're not exactly going to be stumbling across some forgotten Postmodernist Watchmen masterpiece when picking this up despite these issues coming out at the same time as Alan Moore's '80s classic and in the early episodes dealing lightly with the same What Makes Superheroes Really Tick themes Fun to read if you have a random chance and a book I'm glad at least exists but not something I'd recommend going out of your way to procureOut of 10 79

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Zot The Complete Black and White Collection 1987 1991Stepping across the portals to each other's worlds Zot and Jenny's lives will never be the same againNow for the first time since its original publication than twenty years ago every one of McCloud's pages from the black and white series has been collected in this must have commemorative edition for aficionados to treasure and new fans to discove. It's like reading stories you wrote in high school slightly uncomfortable juvenilia for sure but every so often shot through with moments of beauty that show you knew than you thought you did even though you thought you knew everything and really knew nothing at all