Author: Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud is the pseudonym for Scott Willard McLeod.  McCloud/McLeod is the author of numerous comics and books about the comic form, including Understanding Comics
He was born June 10, 1960, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Willard Wise (an inventor and engineer) and Patricia Beatrice McLeod.  He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 1982 and married Ivy Ratafia (a storyteller and a director of children's theater) in 1988.  He and his wife have two children: Sky Rosamund and Winter Wise.

He's very well known in the comic book community and is lauded as "
paving a way into that community of people who are literally the guardians of our cultural future: teachers and academicians who assign quality and value to all of literature" (Will Eisner in Comics Journal as quoted in Contemporary Authors Online). 

McCloud's first major work, Zot!, is a futuristic comic book series about a teenage youth searching for the "Doorway at the Edge of the Universe. ...McCloud's other comic book title, Destroy!!, is a violent thirty-two page parody of comic-book superheroes" (Contemporary Authors Online). 

McCloud is also known for inventing "24 hour comics" after convincing a fellow artist to create a 24-page comic in one day.  McCloud's idea has resulted in a 24 Hour Comics Day where participants attempt to create a 24 page comic made by a single individual in 24 consecutive hours. 
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He has won numerous awards, including the
Jack Kirby Comics Industry Award for best new series of 1984, San Diego Comic Convention, 1985, for Zot!; Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, San Diego Comic Convention, 1985; Will Eisner Comics Industry Award for Best Comics-Related Book of 1993, and Harvey Awards for Best Writer, Best Graphic Album, and Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation, all 1994, all for Understanding Comics; Silent Sam Award (Swedish), 1994, Cartoonist Society Award (British), 1994, and Lempi Award (Finnish), 1994, all for foreign editions of Understanding Comics; Quill Award, graphic novel category, 2007, for Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels.


  • Zot! (comic book; ten-issue series), Eclipse Comics (Fores tville, CA), 1984-85.

  • Destroy!! (comic book), Eclipse Comics, 1986.

  • Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art (nonfiction), Tundra (Northampton, MA), 1993.

  • (Coauthor) Superman: Adventures of the Man of Steel, DC Comics, 1998.

  • Reinventing Comics, Paradox Press (New York, NY), 2000.

  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels, Harper Paperbacks (New York, NY), 2006.

Contributor of articles to periodicals, including Publishers Weekly and Mondo 2000. Author of "Comics" and"Cartoon" entries for World Book Encyclopedia.