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Eric: How to fit a detailed conversation into five panels.

From Queen of Wands. Click on the thumbnail image to see the full sized tastiness.

When Scott McCloud extols the web as a perfect medium for sequential art, this is the kind of thing he had in mind. Aeire doesn't just do a nice five panel strip here. By putting it superimposed over the 'lightning path,' she gives your eyes a subconscious sense of movement and direction, and gives the whole piece a feeling of 'action.' This, despite the fact that it's entirely two girls talking, one lying in bed on a couch.

And look at that freaking conversation. There's fourteen speech balloons there. There's roughly two hundred words of dialogue in today's strip. That's almost a full typewritten page -- and doesn't count any narration to describe Kestrel turning over in bed or Branwen brushing her hair. Or the lettering on Branwen's shirt.

One other thing. This is essentially a talking heads strip today, but Aeire doesn't skimp on the art. She drew five seperate panels, with activities that makes you feel like there's motion. And the lightning enhances it. Like I said -- Aeire does a beautiful thing here. And it totally wouldn't work on a modern newspaper page.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at August 21, 2004 1:11 AM


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