Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics is a great book. Really, it is. If you read comics and you haven’t read Understanding Comics, rectify that error immediately. If you don’t read comics, because you think they’re for kids, prepare to have your mind blown.
I’ve been a fan of Scott McCloud for years, and this past Christmas Nell got Understanding Comics as a present from her Uncle Mike. She thought it was awesome, and since she needs to do a book report every month in 5th grade, and her January assignment is non-fiction, she decided to do it on Understanding Comics.
Of course, this meant that she needed to do the book report itself as a comic book (albeit a really short one – she’s only allowed two pages for a book report).
I think she did an awesome job. If this doesn’t get an “A” I’ll be having a chat with her teacher. :)