Monday, November 18, 2013

Entry 204: AMNIA CYCLE pages 28-29

AMNIA CYCLE pages for you.

For all the previous pages in Amnia Cycle:

When I worked on Star Wars there seemed to be an idea in editorial that you can't draw space dog-fights effectively in comics. 

This idea always baffled my mind.

I get it, if you are just thinking of comics and what they do well in theory. But it doesn't take to much digging into comics to find them doing all kinds of things well that you wouldn't think they could do well. There are literally tons of manga books that show motion incredibly well. In fact, despite the fact that comics are static images, they depict motion really well. 

The language of creating motion with static images is one that I think takes practice to master. I feel like I rarely get to practice it because of the narrow views held by others on what comics can do.

...I mean-- No space battles? IN STAR WARS?

come on

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  1. Hey, I was gonna mention that silly "no dog-fights is Star Wars comics" notion!

    These pages look great. I'm with you—the language of comics is *all about* using static images to create the illusion of motion!

    1. I suppose another reason to discourage dog fight action scenes is for space. When you only have 22 pages, you have to find ways of compressing the story… But if that is part of the reason, it's also b.s. An action scene is a kind of story. You're ether going to make it well and make it engaging or you're not, and so many comics find it perfectly fine to tell unengaging story about other things, like conversation, and fights, and disasters, and breakfast.

      You know, my goal is to make a breakfast scene that Ben Bates really loves. I don't want to cheat it with action or drama. I just want it to be told so fucking well that Ben can taste the pancakes and I want it to move him to tears.

    2. Haha, good luck with that! At this point in history, you're following up the all time greatest breakfast scenes in comic books. The X-men- where Iceman froze Beasts pancakes, the Fantastic Four- where it finally revealed just how much The Thing has to eat to accomadate for all that bulk, and the clencher, Batman and Robin- bonding over breakfast, the entire issue WITHOUT DIALOG.
      I've no more tears to shed.

      And yes, avoiding specific types of action sequences in comics for reasons of conserving "space" is weak. The action should be just as valuable, and just as significant, as the rest of the so called "story".

    3. Oh MAN, the Thing ate so much, SO MUCH! It makes me smile just thinking about it.

  2. I love the colors on these pages, especially during the dogfight. The blues and yellows contrast spectacularly!

    1. Oh. Thanks! I really appreciate that.
      And thanks for reading this stuff. You're one of the chosen few.