is the author of Zot!
, Understanding Comics
, Reinventing Comics
and Making Comics
, among other works.Understanding Comics
is undoubtedly the most notable, being among the pioneering efforts to critically analyze comics, and discussing such concepts as the Infinite Canvas
. As such, its importance is hard to overstate.
He also created the Twenty-Four Hour Comic challenge and its rules, and co-wrote the Creator's Bill of Rights
, a list of rights that all comic authors need to protect themselves from exploitation.
- Author Avatar: His three non-fiction comics star himself.
- Author Tract: Justified with Understanding Comics and its sequels as they aren't meant to be anything else. They're all just long essays in comic book format.
- Awesome McCoolname: Not only does he have the same name as the hero of Space Angel, he also named his daughters Sky McCloud and Winter McCloud.
- Creator Cameo: Shows up in and narrates the final few pages of Zot.
- Four-Fingered Hands: He had these initially in Understanding Comics, but Making Comics graduated his design to include an extra finger.
- Nerd Glasses
- Self-Deprecation: The final page of Understanding Comics makes fun of McCloud for being long-winded and overenthusiastic about his ideas. Making Comics pokes fun at his putting on weight.
- The Tetris Effect: He discusses his own experience with this in the one-shot webcomic My Obsession With Chess.
- Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000: Parodied with his comic book DESTROY!! The comic was inspired by a mother complaining about Super Boxers, claiming it was nothing but gore and violence. McCloud read it for himself and was disappointed to find the comic still contained "distractions" like a plot and characters, so he set out to make a comic that was entirely violence.