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Scott McCloud knows that the comic book industry isn’t necessarily funny business. Since 1984, he has written and drawn comics including his acclaimed series “Zot!” for Eclipse Comics and “Superman Adventures” for DC Comics. He also has written books about comics as a business and a creative medium and is an advocate for artists’ rights.

McCloud will bring his insight on comics and graphic novels to the University of Houston on Feb. 9. At 7 p.m., he will deliver a lecture in UH’s Dudley Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building (Entrance 16 off of Cullen Boulevard). This free event is presented by UH’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.

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

McCloud also has used his talents as a writer and artist to explore and discuss comics’ history, creative elements, production, storytelling methods and other related topics. His three books/graphic novels focused on the medium are “Understanding Comics” (1993), “Reinventing Comics” (2000) and “Making Comics” (2006).

For DC comics, McCloud has provided his talents as a wordsmith to titles such as “Superman Adventures,” “Justice League Adventures” and “Superman: Strength.”

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,

“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.

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

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