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Scott McCloud and Digital Comics

Scott McCloud, perhaps the most important living formalist analyst of comics, has been one of the most vocal advocates of the transformative potential of online comics. But the most popular and successful online comics have, for the most part, been strips– comics that emulate the oldest form of modern comics. McCloud is certainly not wrong– online comics have the potential to take the medium to a whole different level, one that has been only hinted at in the work of Jason Shiga, McCloud, and others. But the fact that strips have really made up the majority of the digital comics success stories really points to the longevity of the strip format.