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Theorah, June 28th, 2009, 9:19 am

- thank you for your comments, guys! haha I thought you mightve heard it before, Kimbo, sorry to add to the hype of the celebration, I had no idea! XD
Sorry I didnt update yesterday, the town I live in was having a festival, and so I spent most of my day outside!
I'm a bit shocked to discover its common for professional comic writers to describe panel layouts in their scripts- each individual panel and where it should be placed! Maybe its just me, but I wouldve thought page layouts and paneling should be up to the artist, really, it is a visual format after all...I just wonder if this is why we dont have more western comics in the style of Will Eisner (very little paneling) since I imagine it would be hard for a writer to figure out how to write out a Will Eisner page layout (everything sort of rolls into a nice bit of pacing, rather then having lots of boxes separating everything)

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I agree with you there. I always think western comics can be just too static, especially compared to japanese comics where the artist also does the writin. I always find manga artists can create so much more atmosphere and drama even without the use of colours.
Unfortunately panelling is one of my major weakspots - I have no idea how to space out a comic. When I write the script, I picture it as a film in my head, then when it comes to drawin I pick out the best bits from that film to draw. I've no idea if it's a success or not tho.

posted by KimBoCruicky on June 28th, 2009, 11:24 am


oooh! a festival- how fun! what did you do?

posted by Yubria on June 28th, 2009, 12:48 pm


I love Will Eisner. I have 2 of his books and study his techniques. I particularly like how he would use the background AS paneling and foreground elements to even flesh out the title card of The Spirit comics.

I can understand why comic writers suggest panels for their writing. This is to give the artist a sense of pacing. Comics are a visual art, but it is also a colaboration between pictures and words.

As KimBoCruicky said, she sees the plot of her comic as a film. The idea is to pause the film in the best places to tell the story. I akin it to reverse cartoon making, from the artists stand point. When animators make cartoons they take the script and make a story board. From there they animate. We, as comic artists, see our creation as animated in our minds eye, and our hands, the storyboard artists, make it tangible to others.

In regards to a writer not being able to script out a Will Eisner story? I disagree. The writer simply writes the story with panel placements ect. and Will or you or even I will create artwork with our own creative vision. You and Mr. Eisner might use background, changes in tone, or implied lines to transition from one 'panel' to the next, as I might stick with my 'static' lil' black squares. Either way, the panel is still defined. I am a big fan of weekly newpaper comics and that is the style to which, I feel, write well.

Oh my! I hope I'm not sounding defensive or mean spirited! I really enjoy your style and respect you even more that I have found that you like Will Eisner.

Stay groovy!

posted by mandu on September 11th, 2009, 3:15 pm

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