Comic 242 - Driving Home

5th Mar 2012, 11:09 PM in Filling in the Past
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view 5th Mar 2012, 11:09 PM edit delete
To me, the strength of the comic medium is that it is very efficient at controlling reader attention.

For example, it's Dragon Ball! Goku gets hit in the face! Everyone looks shocked!

In an anime, that's maybe fifteen seconds of panning from reaction shot to reaction shot. Painful. In a comic, it's one splash page of shocked faces. Quick and efficient.

If you're going to do comics, you should use the strengths of the medium. Like Miwa's "quick move" - works fine in comics, wouldn't work in a movie.


JasperWB 5th Mar 2012, 11:25 PM edit delete reply
Hmm. I get that. And plain writing is probably the easiest of all of course. It can be the most abstract in moving action since the visuals are completely what you make them. Visuals are weird things due to people perceiving things differently. So when you have to define them I imagine its anything but easy. Then actual movement, like movies, just keeps adding dimensions of complexity. Huh, I think I'm stating the obvious.

I'm guessing page action has been giving you grief lately? Having to get used to being more abstract?
view 5th Mar 2012, 11:40 PM edit delete reply
No, just learning about comics.
JasperWB 6th Mar 2012, 1:57 AM edit delete reply
Ah. Well it seems to be paying off. I thought it might just be me but I think I can see the subtle changes. Things a bit more comic-y rather than a series of pictures. Course, the latter was just fine for me lol
duLapel 5th Mar 2012, 11:27 PM edit delete reply
You should look at some of the first Dragon Ball manga or better yet, some early Ranma 1/2 manga... Two different styles of action in black and white media, both convey motion and action, though there is the occasional illustration of comedic jaw dropping....

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view 5th Mar 2012, 11:40 PM edit delete reply
I've read those...
klondike 6th Mar 2012, 12:55 AM edit delete reply
I'm a fan of Dragon Ball and really liked the reference. Maybe my memory is failing but I recall how in the anime it took a whole episode for a single blow whilst the Manga moved more swiftly making the manga more enjoyable as an adult (and the anime more enjoyable as a child xD)
view 6th Mar 2012, 12:58 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, that's the point: the manga and the anime actually go at roughly the same pace, in terms of episodes to volumes. However, the comic maintains the feel of actually getting somewhere.
RandomTroll 6th Mar 2012, 1:57 AM edit delete reply
5 episodes of Dragon Ball with one charcter shouting to "power up."

Quit dragon ball and went to watch Dr. Who./
Sheela 6th Mar 2012, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
Heh, I remember someone complaining about an anime called Naruto and some ghostly hand pulling the soul out of some old dude for episode after episode, after episode.

Meh ... I never got that far in that anime, it had gone stale way before that for me.

Some animes are good at keeping the pace up though ... like, Elfen Lied and Hellsing anime, the original one, not the OVA.

In fact, the Hellsing anime is an interesting case, because while a lot happens, and there's lots of fighting and character development, the main story changes .. not a bit at all. It starts out with them having issues with artificial vampires, and in the end, they still have issues with artificial vampires.

But all the fighting and characters move along so well, that it almost have a life of it's own - so it feels like a story has been told, and perhaps it had. Plus it has an awesome funky style, very reminiscent of Cowboy Bebop.
view 6th Mar 2012, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
Helsing is an interesting case: it doesn't really follow the comic very closely because, frankly, the comic is an amateurish mess.

Similarly, Cowboy Bebop didn't have a comic to follow.

I think anime is better when it starts as anime, rather than having to try to adapt a comic. Comics are comics, anime is anime.
Sheela 7th Mar 2012, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
Good point.

Much like a webcomic is better when it has it's own story rather than being some pokemon ripoff ?
Badger 6th Mar 2012, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
You could fit that fifteen seconds of panning through shocked faces into two episodes too. add a little bit of yelling, some staring down across a ruined battlefield, and a single punch thrown, and you have half a season.
cattservant 6th Mar 2012, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
Elvis takes up the challenge! Also it says good things about the local culture, that the citizens care enough to rehabilitate and preserve the archeological site.

Three accounted for, and now, just one more...
ttd0000 6th Mar 2012, 12:06 PM edit delete reply
Question, kind View. Are either of those ladies anarchy boys new girlfriend?
view 6th Mar 2012, 1:33 PM edit delete reply
Not the one that likes girls!

Could be miss smiley-tits. Doesn't really matter, though.

More importantly, the tat says "anachronist", not "anarchist".
JasperWB 6th Mar 2012, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
I think smiley-tits could be one of the greatest nicknames ever invented. The positive feeling of the word smiley combined with the sexy slang word that is tits.
cattservant 6th Mar 2012, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
Panel 6; Moonlight(?) over the Llano Estacado... A nice landscape panorama.
CyberSkull 6th Mar 2012, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
I love that grinning t-shirt!