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K-State Today

February 23, 2024

Author and comic artist Scott McCloud to speak on Friday, March 1

Submitted by Karin Westman

Scott McCloud selfportrait

On Friday, March 1, author and acclaimed comic artist Scott McCloud will present "Comics and Visual Communication" at 3:30 p.m. in Wildcat Chamber at the K-State Student Union with concurrent streaming on Zoom.

The event is free and open to the public. For access to the livestream, register for the link at tinyurl.com/mccloudkstate.

McCloud has been making comics professionally since 1984. More recently, he is best known for his nonfiction books "Understanding Comics" (1993), a 215-page comic book about the comics medium translated into over 20 languages; "Reinventing Comics" (2000), a more controversial look at comics revolutions in art, culture and technology; and "Making Comics" (2006), an extensive exploration of comics storytelling techniques.

McCloud's talk will offer a fast-paced visual presentation on the ever-changing art of comics and the bedrock principles of effective visual communication. He will also draw on research for his next book, including principles of visual perception and best practices for clarity, explanation and effective rhetoric.

"Whether via emojis, sharing a meme, making a poster, creating a PowerPoint or doodling in our notebooks, we all use images in our lives," said Philip Nel, university distinguished professor of English and director of the program in children's literature. "Scott McCloud shows us how better to use images to tell our stories — about our lives, the work we do and the world we inhabit."

For more information about McCloud's work, visit his website.

The reading is sponsored by the department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences and the department's graduate track in children's literature.