I’m going to try and make some sense, though I’ve had a hard time explaining this in the past.
I think of drawing comics as playing a game. It’s sort of like Scrabble. You have these pieces and they’re worth a certain amount of points, and you want to get as much out of those pieces as possible. You also need to match up your awesome word with what’s already on the board. Only with comics all this stuff is in the my head and the rules are really flexible.
The panels I like the most are the panels where this gamesmanship is most evident. This panel is an example. Narratively, two separate panels side by side one showing children playing video games, one showing soldiers playing video games would have worked just fine. But with these panels the boys and the soldiers’ bodies become one, the children morphing into the soldiers.
And in the reality of Turkmenistan these boys playing the video games will soon be soldiers as service in the army is mandatory.
Does anybody see that when they read the comic? Do they even notice this morphing or do their eyes just move right across the page reading the text, seeing the faces of the boys and the combat boots of the soldiers and moving on? I don’t know, but I still enjoy playing the game and it’s a lot more interesting than two standard panels side by side.
Joe and Azat is coming soon. SPX will be the grand unveiling.
But you can check out my blog right now.