This page is from Chris Browne - the same Chris Browne that writes and illustrates Hagar the Horrible. It’s not someone that I expected to see in the pages of this publication, but I’ve learned that just about everyone showed up here at one time or another.
(Heavy Metal issue #83, February 1984 - Page 43 June 2050 by Browne)
The image shows a businessman wearing a jacket and tie and standing on a tiny planet Earth. He is angrily lecturing. In the background we see outer space.
MAN: Global warming can’t be real. Because if it IS real, then profit isn’t always right.
The planet is melting away under him, and he looks nervous.
MAN: Plus, after so many years of calling it a hoax, it would be…
Series of paintings discovered in an abandon mental asylum in Italy.
The above examples show some of the basic differences between Bronze Age and contemporary (mainstream) comic “reading”. The most obvious characteristic is contemporary comic’s lack of text. Now before you get all sweaty and belch out something incoherent - yes, I realize this is a singular comparison. That stated, however, I tend to notice how I’m blazing through recent titles due to the primary focus on action (violence) and less on exposition. Is one better than the other? Not the point. I view this more as a shift to how we consume information: fast and, at times, without complete context.
Ben Marra nicely sums up comic’s current stand on compositions/pacing in relation to refrained use of thought balloons:
A lot of mainstream books don’t use Thought Balloons because they want comic books to be more like movies, where thought balloons can’t exist. They want comic books to be pitches for movie content. Who can blame them when these movies make billions of dollars? The movie executives they’re pitching to don’t like thought balloons I guess. (It’s also the reason why you see a lot of mainstream comics using “widescreen” panels. This makes it easier for movie executives to envision the comic book panels as storyboard or compositions on a screen).
Please click on pix for artist credits.
I think that to a great extent these changes are being driven by the book-sized collections. Most comics today are produced with the expectation, or at least the aspiration, that they will be collected into a full-length book. The older comics - which were created with the assumption that the most basic unit of comics was the 24-page floppy - were under far more pressure to shoehorn more story content into fewer pages.
Looking back at the 1980s, many of the innovators in having low-word-count action sequences - think of Watchmen, Frank Miller, to a lesser extent Dave Sim - were also unusual in that they were thinking in terms of longer storylines. (Of course, there were also some books that combined long storylines with extreme wordyness, like Claremont’s X-Men).
I wrote a defense of thought balloons here. To a great extent, I think the modern prejudice against thought balloons is part of the endless quest for “respectability.” Thought balloons are unique to comics - movies don’t do them. Therefore thought balloons are trivial and bad.
wait so… if a cyclops only has one eye… and Rachel Duncan only has one eye… does that mean that she’s a…. cyclone?
Watercolor Illustration by Jada Fitch of the owls of the Northeast United States. Available on tees, totes and more. http://society6.com/jadafitch/owls-of-the-northeast_print#1=45
I think I’ll use this as the cover for my eventual journal comic collection.
So I hadn’t yet come out to my mum and today I got home to see that someone had changed the cover on my bed to this
And then I saw that they left a note on the bed, so I went over to take a look at it and
My mum is the best
Whenever I see this I think well what if you weren’t gay and you came home one day to this
I’m home alone and a wee bit bored so, naturally, the face paints are out!
Anatomical facial skull structure and muscle structure studies.. on my face.
Princesas da Disney plus size, pois como diz o rei Roberto Carlos: “Quem foi que disse que tem que ser magra para ser gostosa?”
I just cannot find it in my bones to find “grammar nazi” or the like offensive.
Nazis are stupid. Let’s all laugh at them.
- Anonymous said:a bit MRA: why does feminism seem to fail so much on the "what do they want men to do?" aspect. I mean I read feminists on eg) dating, and it seems like the most feminist acceptable course of action would be suicide.
It sounds to me like you probably have some guilt issues related to feminism, and I would advise you to stay away from feminist blogs, particularly...