Scott McCloud was born in 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Willard Wise (an inventor and engineer) and Patricia Beatrice McLeod. He spent most of his childhood in Lexington, Massachusetts He decided he wanted to be a comics artist in 1975, during his junior year in high school.
He went on to study Illustration at Syracuse University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1982.Just two year later he created the light-hearted science fiction/superhero comic book series Zot! in 1984, in part as a reaction to the increasingly grim direction that superhero comics were taking in the 1980s.
His other works include Destroy!! a deliberately over-the-top, oversized single-issue comic book, intended as a parody of formulaic superhero fights, the graphic novel The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln, which was realised with a mixture of computer-generated and manually drawn digital images, 12 issues writing DC Comics’ Superman Adventures and the three-issue limited series Superman: Strength. In 2015 he created his first full graphic novel The Sculptor to critical acclaim.
In addition to his work as a writer and artist he is most well known as a comics theorist or, as some say, the “Aristotle of comics”,following the publication in 1993 of his ground breaking and highly influential book Understanding Comics, a wide-ranging exploration of the definition, history, vocabulary, and methods of the medium of comics, itself in comics form.
He followed in 2000 with Reinventing Comics in which he outlined twelve “revolutions” that he argued would be keys to the growth and success of comics as a popular and creative medium.
Finally, in 2006, he released Making Comics. Following publication, he went on a tour with his family that included all 50 U.S. states and parts of Europe. We are delighted to be welcoming such a respected guest speaker to Comics Salopia.