Hand of Danger!

Posted: August 24, 2009 in Braak, comic books, Jeff Holland, Threat Quality
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Hand of Danger page 9 previewSo, the writing over these next few pages may get a little hokey, but this is my [braak’s] favorite art sequence in the entire story.  Obviously, if it were up to me, the whole comic would look like this, but since I’m not the one that has to draw it, I don’t get to decide.

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  1. Hsiang says:

    Uh-huh. There goes Braak again, being all smart an’ stuff. And now, in the words of Warren Zevon…

    “HIT SOMEBODY!!”

  2. V.I.P. Referee says:

    Not hokey! No more than necessary—the better to understand Mr. Fists…

  3. Jeff Holland says:

    Putting the effort into actually laying out Chris’s script meant thinking seriously about how best to present the images. And while big splash pages and wild Steranko-esque panel layout are fun, there are many, many, MANY examples of how often they don’t convey – or even worse, they obscure – the story.

    Looking through books and artists that do the best job of straight-forward storytelling – guys like Steve Epting in “Captain America,” or John Cassaday – I was pleasantly surprised that they mostly stuck to a grid format. Web-comics, as well, for the sake of clear presentation on a computer screen. So that’s how I decided to lay out the book.

    All that SAID, when this sequence came along (after throwing my pencils in the air and shaking my fist ruefully at the area in the sky where I must’ve assumed Chris was), I realized there was absolutely no good reason to stick with the grid. And once I broke out, I realized there are some merits to loosening up the style a bit.

    All of which is to say, enjoy tomorrow’s page. I tried.

  4. braak says:

    I’m still working on thinking of zany ways to lay out pages. Not too often, obviously. But one per storyline might be interesting.

  5. V.I.P. Referee says:

    The change of layout at certain points in a story showcases a “moment”; it puts emphasis on something and forces people to pause. Organization of foreground, middle-ground and background in a painting serves a similar purpose; where do you want an audience to hold their gaze and pay attention to detail? People’s eyes will move over a piece in very specific way, based upon direction. Your change in layout worked well for what was being communicated…

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