Friday, September 19, 2014
As was Page 98, this page was originally scripted to supply dialog that, after drawing the art, I decided wasn't necessary. There's a kind of ruthless minimalism involved in making comics. At least the way I try to do them, it's all about distilling scenes/characters/actions to their essence. Streamlined. Even bits that may not seem to advance the story have a purpose--pacing, atmosphere, character development, sometimes just a breather. Sometimes they're not intended to pay off until much later. At the same time, room for text is always at a premium. I can't tell you how much time I spend trying to pare words and even individual letters, often just because it looks better. Comics are Words + Pictures, but if I can get away with no words I will. If you miss them, they'll be back next Tuesday.