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).
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It’s important to note that the bottom pages are written by Warren Ellis, whose run on Stormwatch and The Authority (especially the latter) popularized the “widescreen” format. After Mark Millar continued the practice in his Authority run and later in The Ultimates, it became industry standard. And of course, without Ultimates, we wouldn’t have the MCU.
This is how me and my family are living these months.
My mom has a great job but doesn’t make enough to support all five of us. She’s working extra hours but it isn’t enough and with school starting for my brothers and them needing over priced uniforms, we’ve all reached the end of our rope.
On top of this, my mom also has diabetes and sometimes has trouble getting the money for her medication. And as people who have/are dealing with this kind of disease you know that everything is so much more harder for her. When she gets a paper cut it can last a month and when she gets caught in the rain, she is guaranteed to get sick and as she says so many times “[she] cannot afford to get sick”.
Right now we are trying to move from this house into a smaller, more affordable one but the chances of that happening anytime soon are dwindling. In addition to this, my mom wants to visit our sick grandfather in New York who has multiple myeloma. If anyone who has heard of this would know that it affects your organs and there is no cure for it. We are all hoping for one last visit before he passes on.
I’m asking that you please help us. I don’t like this life for my brothers who have to wonder if it was okay that they are ramen for breakfast or that my mother can’t see her father one last time. Anything and everything you donate will be used to help my brothers and mother have an easier more enjoyable life.
SIGNAL BOOST THIS PLEASE
Asked by aliasmarlowe
That’s pretty awful of them. When I was at Binghamton, the school of social work tried to do that same thing for different reasons to a guy named Andre Massena. He got help from FIRE—I wonder if you could do the same? You might contact them at thefire.org for a consult.
not sure why people don’t automatically say “shapeshifting” when asked what they want their superpower to be. you could become anyone you want. even fictional characters. anyone. cosplay would always be spot-on. dysphoria wouldn’t exist. perfection
rob a bank and disguise yourself as a stray pen lying on a shelf when the cops come
A pen with a shit ton of money lying next to it.
Friendly reminder that I wrote a whole book of poetry called THE SHAPESHIFTER that you can buy for a couple bucks right here! The title poem is all about how right the OP is about shapeshifting. Best superpower of the year, all years.
‘BATGIRL’ TO BECOME BEST POSSIBLE DC COMIC WITH NEW CREATORS CAMERON STEWART, BABS TARR AND BRENDEN FLETCHER
By Chris Sims
The past few weeks have brought some truly surprising and exciting announcements from the Batman corner of the DC Universe, but this one tops them all. Today it was announced that Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher will take over as new writers on Batgirl, with Stewart providing covers and layouts for new comics artist Babs Tarr.
Any one of those creators alone would be a pretty big deal deal, but while Stewart and Fletcher are intriguing choices for the adventures of Barbara Gordon, the biggest news by far is Tarr, an illustrator and video game artist best known to ComicsAlliance readers for her incredible cosplay-inspiring art and frequent appearances in the Best Art Ever (This Week) feature. This is a move that we never saw coming, but one we’re completely in favor of.
Q: is it possible for me to be more excited about a comic book
A: no fucking way
Guys this Hannah . Her Instagram is _ lemeeoww_
on the 4th she went missing from the Toronto Warped Tour event . Please if you have seen her anywhere contact the police at (416-808-2200) or her cousin on Instagram . Please signal boost this and help her home .
Sometimes Deadpool kidnaps people from our universe and makes them play Strip Cards Against Humanity against him. If they make it through without throwing up, he takes them to a person he knows who makes them into Marvel characters. The others he sends back. So the next time you spot someone in a Marvel Comic that looks awfully familiar, admire their iron stomach.
Does that include the editors…?
Bea I’m not going to reblog your post because I don’t want to splatter your personal anxiety in front of all of my followers in case you want to delete it later, but here is a story about the first TV show I ever worked on. Our art director was this sardonic Serbian dad who was super hard to…
This is good advice for creative types that get bogged down in perfection land, like me. In my high school jazz band we would say “good enough for jazz” to mean about the same thing.