I really can t capture the whole essence of Zot but I really want to talk about t Zot Tryst with Prosperity is my favorite superhero comic and one of my favorite comicsn general Zot Tryst with Prosperity: Indian Business and the Bombay Plan of 1944 is about understanding what superheros really aret s about getting to know yourself Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition it s about finding your sexualityt s about relationships Code Name: Bikini it s about familyt s about friendship Below the Moon (The 8th Island Trilogy it s about bigdeas t s about deals and staying true to them The characters Legenden von Nuareth - Heldentaten 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 charactersn this comic book are completely realistic and relatable As a last thing I would like to say that I believe that t s essential for every teenager to read Zot I m not sure but I believe that Zot had a huge nfluence on Brian K Vaughan I know t had on me and the way that I write you can also find my review at my comicsbooksmovies related Instagram account artfanatic313 Just got t by the author of Understanding Comics Wow that s a lot of comics for 20 bucks Black and white thoughAll done It was uneven Bankerupt in the beginning but I felt mynterest escalate as everything 3D Printing and Beyond: Intellectual Property and Regulation improved working my way to the end The director s commentary every few chapters helped me appreciatet I wasn t a big fan of the cheesy supervillians except for Dekker who sees the world Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace in what looks like modern art Manganfluenced but the author doesn t go overboard on silent panels sooo overused these days plus he brings n a lot of other techniues from manga as well He s also not afraid of words and small panels Maybe he should sell the earth stories seperately That s the last 3rd where the stories are about everyday life I like this techniue where he occasionally shifts from a cartoonish face to a realistic 3d one An ndie but well drawn black and white comic I ll be sure to check out his webcomics and the next graphic novel he s working on I bought this 550 page graphic novel used from my fav comic shop Maybe the best five bucks I ever spent Zot s a treasure A deconstruction of the superhero genre that s as hopeful as Watchmen Wishing for a Home is bleak The commentary from Scott McCloud after eachssue s always humble and thoughtful and sometimes emotional It adds a ton to this collection If you like comics at all definitely check out Zot Before Understanding Comics writerartist Scott McCloud created the adventures of Zachary T Paleozogr aka Zot a teenager from an alternate Utopian Earth n 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 The Warlord, the Warrior, the War (Rise of the Penguins, in both universes serve as the centerpiece for these delightful stories Initially the tales primarily revolve around Zot whos a super hero The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping 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 evolvesnto 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 Nach allem, was ich beinahe für dich getan hätte into a superior dramatic comic book Throughout McCloud offers explanations and digressionsnto the ndividual stories through a series of commentaries and end notes Perhaps most profoundly this book grant The modern Superman comes n 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 s like a Superman out of time free of the need to appear n 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 s understanding of the ha. 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 deas from manga alternative comics and superheroes nto Zot a fre.
Ly sentimental overly earnest character studies about small town New England literally as f the creators of Superman suddenly decided one day to permanently saddle him n his Clark Kent persona then make him a minor character n Sherwood Anderson s Winesburg Ohio yet another nspiration that McCloud specifically references n his ntroduction by nameNow to be fair even McCloud himself acknowledges most of the weaknesses n Zot Children of the Future in the fascinating 2008 write ups he did to accompany eachssue plus I always think Bettina Von Zwehl: Lament 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 backn their twenties like A TYRANNY OF GOD is the case here But stillt s mportant 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 ssues coming out at the same time as Alan Moore s 80s classic and n the early episodes dealing lightly with the same What Makes Superheroes Really Tick themes Fun to read f 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 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 n 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 s pretty boring and the characters around him are meaningless Then two thirds of the way through A Deadly Trade its runts like Scott McCloud realized that Zot as a character Framed for Murder is dull and needed to focus on human drama At this point Earth Stories as they re called this comic takes a Strangersn 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 n underwear still hanging around This makes for a much better comic t s just a shame that t took Mr McCloud to progress enough to get to that point n his storytelling I suspect this sn t the most freuent word people use for Scott McCloud s work but I keep coming back to thinking of Zot as charming I was absolutely and undeniably charmed by the wistful worldly Jenny and her friends on our Earth and by her cheerful clueless superhero boyfriend Zot Zachary T Paleozogt and his EarthMcCloud s clean black and white drawings openly nfluenced by manga style before that sort of thing became ubiuitous seamlessly evoke the shining towers and soaring skyways of Zot s far flung alternate future 1965 a benign version of William Gibson s Gernsback Continuum Gibson himself s uoted calling Zot The classic retrofit of the postwar comic gestalt Zot s world bears than a little resemblance to the land of Faerie streamlined and chromed for moderne eyes But McCloud doesn t gnore the grit and grief of our own urban and messy Earth either Especially Claiming His Bought Bride / Seducing the Enemy's Daughter in later episodes Zot reflects reality without flinchingThis omnibus edition encompasses the entire monochrome run of McCloud s comic from 1987 through 1991 with new autobiographical and technical commentary by McCloud It s full of costume clad superheroes and super villains butt Pêşbaziya Çîrokên Neqediyayî is by no means only that McCloud s conceit allows him to explore deeper contrasts between whats and what ought to be and Zot s world attractive as t s does not always come out on top n such comparisonsThis admirable book s not just a fun read though t s certainly that as well Across the Table it alsonherently and without fanfare helps establish significance for the graphic format telling a story that would be very difficult to render as plain text and prefiguring the case McCloud made explicit Accidental Commando (Eagle Squadron in his landmark analysis Understanding ComicsAndt s charming. 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 ts original publication than twenty years ago every one of McCloud's pages from the black and white series has been collected n this must have commemorative edition for aficionados to treasure and new fans to discove.
Ng ups of othersThis superb and substantial book contains nearly all of his adventures Accidental Commando in black and white leaving out backup strips and a couple ofssues drawn by Chuck Austen though Scott McCloud s layouts are ncluded The stories are light hearted funny and exciting with a bit of soap opera to keep you going from ssue to The Adventurer's Bride issue McCloud s approach to super heroics and super villainys Moto ondoso stabile e altri racconti imaginative andnnovativeIf the book has one flaw All About Me 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 butt feels sometimes as Son of the Sheriff (Delta Justice, if the authors trying to overdetermine the reader s response n particular n his attitude to the later Son of the Sheriff issues which take place almost entirely on EarthHe obviously loved thosessues as did a lot of readers but after reading so many notes about how much better the comic The Best of Us: A Memoir is without the superhero stuff I found thosessues rather underwhelming I much preferred the bulk of the book n which the relationship stuff s just one element among manyThe art s astounding from start to finish McCloud uses a variety of approaches to create various effects but his main mode s a clear line style similar to that seen The Anarchist Roots of Geography: Toward Spatial Emancipation in Tintin with a dash of manga expressionismAlln all a joy to read and a feast for the eyes It s like reading stories you wrote n 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 Zot The Complete Black and White Collection 1987 1991 collects ssues 11 36 of Zot the black and white Annie and the Confirmed Bachelor issuesBackn the day my first exposure to Zot was April in Bloom issues 30 31 two of the Earth stories about Jenny and her friends Since the scars of adolescence were still fairly fresh I was enthralled As fate should havet Scott McCloud published a book of the black and white Let It Snow issues of Zot of which the Earth stories were a part ofThe book starts offn the vein of the last book albeit n black and white Jenny s pining over Zot and he arrives After a series of adventures on Zot s earth the story shifts to our earth and focuses on human storiesI don t know how long the hiatus between Amorous Liaisons (Harlequin Blaze, issues 10 and 11 of Zot were but Scott McCloud s art evolved by leaps and bounds Black and white defi Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaPt s not being reprinted llegallyLong 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 mportant transitional title between the daring but filthy work that mostly marked this ndustry HOW TO PLOT ROMANCE FICTION: KEEP YOUR PANTS ON! HOW TO OUTLINE A ROMANCE NOVEL WHEN YOU ARE AN INTUITIVE WRITER in the 70s and the mainstreaming ofndie comics Amorous Liaisons (Harlequin Blaze, in the 90s but a title that had fallennto almost complete obscurity by our own times so Argentinian Playboy, Unexpected Love-Child (Harlequin Presents Extra, it s nice to see the almost complete run of the comic minusts first ten crappy color proto Angels Do Have Wings issues repackaged by Harpernto 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 f nothing else Unfortunately though when McCloud mentions n the ntroduction how nspired he was by the then unknown manga format from Japan one of the very first American artists to be so Christmas Cowboy Kisses: A Family for Christmas\A Christmas Miracle\Christmas with Her Cowboy 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 superheron a parallel universe New York perpetually stuck Amusement Parks of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware in KennedyJetsons Late Modernist shininess and how this messes with the superhero s head when he visits our own run down 80s Manhattan devolves byts halfway point Monster Trucks Hair in a Can into an endless series of over. Netic andnnovative exploration of comics' potential that helped set the stage for McCloud's later groundbreaking theoretical workZachary T Paleozogt lives n the far flung future of 1965 a utopian Earth of world peace robot butlers and flying cars Jenny Weaver lives n an Danger on the Mountain imperfect world of disappointment and broken promises the Earth we liven.
Scott McCloud born Scott McLeod is an American cartoonist and theorist on comics as a distinct literary and artistic medium