Graphic Novelist Scott McCloud to Talk Comics During Feb. 9 Lecture

Scott McCloud knows that the comic book industry isn't necessarily funny business. Best-selling author and comic book writer and artist McCloud will offer his insight on comics and graphic novels at the University of Houston, 7 p.m., Feb. 9 in UH's Dudley Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building (Entrance 16 off of Cullen Boulevard). This free public event is presented by UH's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Creative Writing Program and School of Art.

A lifelong comics fan, McCloud began developing his artistic talents during his teens. In 1984, Eclipse Comics published McCloud's acclaimed signature series "Zot!" The series garnered praise from peers, critics and fans alike with its tales of a teen super hero on a utopian, alternative version of Earth.

He also written for  "Superman Adventures," "Justice League Adventures" and "Superman: Strength" for DC Comics.

Additionally, McCloud has used his talents to explore and discuss topics such as comics' history, creative elements, production and storytelling methods. His three books/graphic novels focused on the medium are "Understanding Comics" (1993), "Reinventing Comics" (2000), "Making Comics" (2006).

"Today, comics is one of the very few forms of mass communication in which individual voices still have a chance to be heard," McCloud said.

He has long been a proponent of using the Internet to expand the comics medium, and online comics can be found on his Web site,

 WHAT: UH's Mitchell Center presents Comic Writer, Artist Scott McCloud
WHEN: 7 p.m., Feb. 9
WHERE: UH's Dudley Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building (Entrance   16 off of Cullen Boulevard)
WHO: UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts