Friday, March 21, 2008

Talkity talkity talkity

Lot of dialogue on these pages - or considerably more than the rest of the book, which contains more pages without dialogue than with(69 to 58 so far and a lot of those pages just have a couple of words).

I tend to be a person that thinks that comics and dialogue don't really get along because of that bizarre "desperation device" known as a word balloon: they take up WAY too much space for a medium so dependent on composition (these are static images!), they can mess around with how you position your characters (the character who speaks first usually has to be on the left), and when I open a spread with a LOT of text, my first instinct is to just flip the page. (It's like, what am I reading?? A book?)

This is not to say that there aren't a lot of great comics with a lot of dialogue, or that there aren't clever and inspiring tricks to get around these problems. The fundamental problem is, you have a visual medium and you need space to convey sound. There's a reason why comics don't become stage plays and vice versa.

But, it was fun to write these scenes, particularly with the quirky characters that inhabit Justin's abandoned town. Might be the funniest parts of the book.

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