Storytelling 101m

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

First some good news. My friend, Mark Anderson, has his first book, “Rub My Tummy and It’s a Deal,” now available at Amazon. If you want to read some great gag cartoons, click right over and order a copy.

Mark's book

Now, as I have no book of my own to hawk, I’ll instead talk about today’s Zip and Li’l Bit comic:

Staging a scene in comics is one of the funnest, and maybe toughest things to do. In that respect, I’m proud of how this page turned out. This whole scene in front of the house, and this page in particular, was a tough one. The problem is that Willoughby is two stories up on the side of the house and Zip and Li’l Bit are down on the ground, so to show their conversation was a bit tricky.

The second panel affected how I handled all the rest of the panels on this page. I felt it was important to show what Willoughby is looking at when he realizes that Zip’s shadow is indeed missing. So, although Willoughby is the one speaking, I wanted the illustration to be one of Zip and the ground without his shadow. Because Willoughby isn’t shown in the second panel, even though he’s the one speaking, I thought he needed to be shown in the first panel to kind of clue everyone in that he’s the one speaking in the second panel. That led to me coming up with that kind of crazy perspective in panel one.

I wasn’t sure about forcing the perspective in that first panel that much. I didn’t really know if I could make it work, or if it would look too wacky and out of place, but I think it turned out all right.