(Zot The Complete Black and White Collection 1987 1991) [PDF READ] Ú Scott McCloud
The Big Book of Losers: Pathetic but True Tales of the World's Most Titanic Failures! (Factoid Books) yAbout relationships it s about family it s about friendship it s about big ideas it s about ideals and staying true to them The characters in this book deal with relationship problems deal with their fears deal with bullies get through divorces they have crushes they get jealous they get angry they are full rounded persons with uniue personalities The most of the characters in this comic book are completely realistic and relatable As a last thing I would like to say that I believe that it s essential for every teenager to read Zot I m not sure but I believe that Zot had a huge influence on Brian K Vaughan I know it had on me and the way that I writeou can also find my review at my comicsbooksmovies related Instagram account artfanatic313 The modern Superman comes in for uite a bit of criticism for being a bit of a metrosexual wimp but the Superman of the 1950s was as much a product of his time with his gratingly patriarchal attitudeZot on the other hand is like a Superman out of time free of the need to appear in twenty comic books a month or to maintain a status uo He s happy comfortable with his powers accepting of the things he can t change determined to change the things he can He has no hang ups but is understanding of the "hang ups of othersThis superb and substantial book contains nearly all of his adventures in black and "ups of othersThis superb and substantial book contains nearly all of his adventures in black and leaving out backup strips and a couple of issues drawn by Chuck Austen though Scott McCloud s layouts are included The stories are light hearted funny and exciting with a bit of soap opera to keep ou going from issue to issue McCloud s approach to super heroics and super villainy is imaginative and innovativeIf the book has one flaw it s that the author s notes which appear at the end of each story might have been better collected at the end of the book They are fascinating but it feels sometimes as if the author is trying to overdetermine the reader s response in particular in his attitude to the later issues which take place almost entirely on EarthHe obviously loved those issues as did a lot of readers but after reading so many notes about how much better "The Comic Is Without "comic is without superhero stuff I found those issues rather underwhelming I much preferred the bulk of the book in which the relationship stuff is just one element among manyThe art is astounding from start to finish McCloud uses a variety of approaches to create various effects but his main mode is a clear line style similar to that seen in Tintin with a dash of manga expressionismAll in all a joy to read and a feast for the eyes I was ready to give this book a bad review reviling Scott McCloud for ever doing anything but smart analyses of the comics medium like in Understanding Comics Then I got to the last third of this graphic novel The first two thirds of Zot consist of McCloud finding himself as a writer and unfortunately that means many of the stories are nonsensical villains of the week combined with overwrought humor Zot himself is pretty boring and the characters around him are meaningless Then two thirds of the way through its run its like Scott McCloud realized that Zot as a character is dull and needed to focus on
human drama At this point Earth Stories as they re called this comic takes a Strangers drama At this point Earth Stories as they re called this comic takes a Strangers Paradise esue turn The stories focus on love slices of life and ancillary characters to great success The cheesy villains have disappeared and for some reason there s a kid in underwear still hanging around This makes for a much better comic it s just a shame that it took Mr McCloud to progress enough to get to that point in his storytelling I bought this 550 page graphic novel used from my fav comic shop Maybe the best five bucks I ever spent Zot is a treasure A deconstruction of the superhero genre that is as hopeful as Watchmen is bleak The commentary from Scott McCloud after each issue is always humble and thoughtful and sometimes emotional It adds a ton to this collection If ou like comics at all definitely check out Zo. Stepping 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 ears 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. .
For The Most Part McCloudthe most part McCloud some personal emotional stories and tackles subjects like alcoholism homosexuality homophobia teenage sex and racism all problems that have been solved since 1991 I was being sarcastic before anyone chimes inThe ending was sad but hopeful I m glad McCloud left things open ended enough to do Zot Online ears later I ll have to give that a read sometime soonThe first time I read these comics I was only a couple The Summer I Wasn't Me years older than Jenny and her high school friends I m happy to say the past couple decades have not diminished the series It s still a five star read particularly the earth stories I really can t capture the whole essence of Zot but I really want to talk about it Zot is my favorite superhero comic and one of my favorite comics in general Zot is about understanding what superheros really are it s about getting to knowourself it s about finding our sexuality it 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. .
Before Understanding Comics writerartist Scott McCloud created the adventures of T Paleozogr aka Zot a teenager from an alternate Utopian Earth in the far flung future 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 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 ears 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 Tales from a Pilots Logbook 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 Ohioet 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 "acknowledge the problems this series has and to let people know that 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 Super. 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 McCloud Understanding Comics Making Comics combined the best ideas from manga alternative comics and superheroes into Zot a fre. ,