Comic 50 - TIM 041

18th Feb 2011, 4:06 AM in experiMental Record One
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Average Rating: 5 (3 votes)

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-3- 18th Feb 2011, 6:06 AM edit delete
In modern comic culture, thought balloons are considered to be passe. As you've likely noticed by now, while i'm willing to give up the thought balloons, i think it's a mistake to give up expressing character thoughts.

I think this was done in an attempt to make comics more cinematic - movies don't have thought balloons, and generally don't get into character thoughts, so comics shouldn't either. To me, that's a mistake. Books routinely get into character thoughtsn and justly so since it suits the medium. The same goes for comics. The notion of trying to play to the strengths of a different medium seems to be misguided to me.
So call me outdated for using the thoughts if you like, but i'm going to pretend i'm ahead of the curve.


Unka John 18th Feb 2011, 4:37 AM edit delete
Unka John
Completely agree with you on that -3- 18th Feb 2011, 5:03 AM edit delete
You can also make thoughts as narrative captions, which seems like what you're doing here.
J2383 18th Feb 2011, 8:57 AM edit delete
Being able to get into the character's thoughts are exactly what makes comics and books more enjoyable for me. As an example, Lord of the Rings. When Gollum offers to show Sam and Frodo the way into Mordor, the books go into detail the thought process that caused Frodo to agree to the whole thing. The movies just made Frodo look completely stupid. But yeah, playing on the strengths of a completely different medium would not end well. This is why one rarely sees a Batman comic that is also a musical.

moizmad 18th Feb 2011, 11:10 AM edit delete
You could always make characters who don't "think", sort of like I do.
-3- 18th Feb 2011, 2:44 PM edit delete
I don't think that we'll ever get into anyone else's head in this experiment, but i hate having people standing around saying what they're thinking out loud all the time. As RT says, letting his thoughts just hang there acts nicely as narrative captions instead.

Jack - I thought it was the death of the flexi-disk that was preventing the Batman musical comic. (Or maybe it was It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman)

MO - I already leave you confused enough far too often to have him just standing there pondering silently, no?
(But did you like how linear things were this week?)
Fern 20th Feb 2011, 5:50 AM edit delete
Huh, I didn't know thought bubbles were old-fashioned. Then again, I still hand-letter :P

I like how you start the inner monologue on his forehead. It really sets up the device well.