Storytelling 101k

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

This is one of my favorite pages. I love the way you can use one background over multiple panels in comics. There’s something about breaking up a background with panel dividers that totally gives the scene a feeling of movement as if a camera were panning across a background. I see it done all over the place, so I couldn’t remember the first time I saw it done. But I do remember the first time I really noticed it used to maximum effect, which was when I first read The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

If you’ve read The Watchmen, you know it’s almost a textbook on how to tell a story in comics, and if you haven’t read it, run out right now and get the book before the movie comes out. I’m sure the movie will be great, but the book is one of the very best ever.

NOTE: The content for The Watchmen isn’t really All-Ages. If you live with your parents, you might want to check with them before reading. :)