print comics

The Big List

Print and Online Comics by Scott McCloud.

I can’t remember everything I’ve written and drawn in more than three decades of making comics, but here’s my best attempt.

1976-1978: The Battle of Lexington. In high school, Kurt Busiek wrote and I drew a 60-page lovingly rendered slugfest between various Marvel superheroes we liked, battling in—and nearly destroying—various landmarks in our hometown of Lexington, Massachusetts. Shown as a public slideshow reading in 1994 at four conventions. Unpublished, of course.

1976-1979: First published comics art. Various fanzine illos and features while I was in High School. First in Rocket’s Blast Comics Collector and a local xeroxed zine called X-Maniacs, then The Comics Journal, Amazing Heroes, etc.

1977: Layouts for Pow! Biff! Pops!, a black-and-white comic written by Kurt Busiek, drawn by our friend Chris Bing and lettered by Richard Howell which was sold and shown on a screen with narration during intermission at the Boston Pops Orchestra's opening night. The story featured both Marvel and DC Superheroes. DC Comics Publisher Sol Harrison joined us at our table. I also designed Three Superhero Murals which were exhibited in the entrance hall. Kurt and I were still in high school at the time. This is not a joke. This actually happened. Collectors take note: All unsold copies were burned.

1981-1982: While in college, Kurt and I also produced two issues of a superhero series called Vanguard for a company that went out of business before the comics were published.

1983: Ghosted layouts for a couple of superhero comics while working at my first real comics job, at DC Comics' production department in Manhattan. And no, I won’t say which titles.

1984-1985: Zot! #1-10. The original color run of my first published comic book series. Various ad art and magazine covers promoting Zot! throughout its run.

1986: Destroy!!

1986-1989: Various self-published mini-comics, most notably the best-selling (by mini-comics standards) Zot! 10 ½ with stick figure master Matt Feazell. Other mini comics: Birth of a Nation, Fun with Phonics, Some Words Albert Likes and Another Little Epic. Also wrote a column on mini-comics for the Fantagraphics magazine Amazing Heroes.

1986: Began an Amateur Press Association (a handmade collaborative xeroxed zine) called The Frying Pan designed for critical exchanges between independent comics artists. Lasted ten issues. Later resurrected under Larry Marder.

1987 (approx): Spot Illo of The Silver Ghost for DC’s Who’s Who directory.

1987-1991: Zot! 11-36. The series returns as a Black and White.

1988: Wrote first draft of the Creators' Bill of Rights.

1990: The first 24-Hour Comic "A Day's Work." (Later printed in Taboo Especial and in 2004’s anthology.) Read online here.

1990: Introduction to Larry Marder's Tales of the Beanword, Book One.

1993: Pin-Up in Sandman #50.

1993: Understanding Comics (Tundra/Kitchen Sink edition, then HarperCollins in 1994).

1993: Two-page feature for benefit ashcan, 17 Panels about Neil Gaiman (Eight of Which are True) co-written by Ivy, published around this time.

1994: Five Page Comic in Publishers Weekly about visual culture.

1994: Introduction to Marvels.

1994: Convention Ashcan All New Never Before Seen Artificially Manufactured Collector's Item Special Gold Edition including a bunch of random drawings, digital stuff and some quanto-comics.

1995 (approx): 5 Page comics-form essay “Understanding Manga” in Wizard Magazine.

1995 (approx): 3 Page comic in Mondo 2000.

1995: Contributed a few panels to the chain collaborative comic The Narrative Corpse.

1997: 5 Page comics-form essay “Comics and Computers” in Wizard Magazine.

1997-1998: Scripts for Superman Adventures #2-13.

1998: The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln.

1998: Launch of scottmccloud.com. Online Comics: Porphyria’s Lover, The Carl Comics and Ninety-Five (currently offline for updating).

1999: Online comic My Obsession with Chess completed.

2000: Reinventing Comics.

2000: Online comic: Zot! Online.

2000: 2 page comics style article in Nickelodean Magazine about making comics.

2000-2001: Online Comic: I Can’t Stop Thinking.

2001: 6-page comic in Wired Magazine.

2001: Idea Tree: Online Response for MIT Press to Brenda Laurel’s Utopian Entrepreneur.

2001: 6-page comic in Computer Gaming World.

2001: Why I’m Not Neil Gaiman. Online Short Subject.

2002-2003 (approx): “Discovering Games,” a 1-page monthly feature in Computer Gaming World, begins.

2001-2004: The Morning Improv.

2003: Script for Justice League Adventures #16.

2003-2004: The Right Number.

2003: Online essay “Misunderstanding Micropayments.”

2004: Script and layouts for 3-Part Superman: Strength.

2004: Edited first 24-Hour Comics Anthology for About Comics.

2004: Introduction to Flight #1.

2004: 1-page comic The Lost Cat for Prophecy Magazine.

2006: Making Comics

2007: Essay for exhibit catalog Jeff Smith: Bone and Beyond.

2007: Introduction for the Will Eisner Collection A Life, in Pictures: Autobiographical Stories.

2008: Zot! The Complete Black and White Collection.

2008: Zritz. Digital artwork for the Centre National de la Bande Dessinee, based on an Ernie Bushmiller piece in the museum’s collection.

2008: Google Chrome. 38 page comic introducing Google’s new browser. Online and print editions.

2009-2013: Back in hibernation to work full-time on my big graphic novel project, though I still did a ton of lectures and workshops during this time.

2014: My guest-edited volume Best American Comics 2014 hits the stands.

2015: My giant graphic novel The Sculptor goes on sale Feb 3.