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Karl Wiebe
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Posted: 18 May 2019 at 1:57pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Hi gang - I read a lot of old comics (like 1950s and 1960s) so I am used to the standard 6 or 9 panel layout on a page (and the occasional splash page). 

I saw this page (Thanos #1) and have a question I am hoping the more technical comic book people may know about.  There are a bunch of panels on the page, but they aren't showing anything "story wise" that a splash page wouldn't take care of.  It is like the artist drew a big splash page and then layered panels over top of it. 

NOT saying amazing or dumb, just trying to wrap my head around what this technique is.  Like what is the point - because in my mind, the artist draws panels to help "speed up" or "slow down" the reader, or at least try to direct them.  What is the point of the panels (like on the left and the bottom) that don't seem to show anything specific?  Why not just use a splash page? 

I totally admit I am not a layout expert so this might be an amazing technique and I am just missing the point?


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Peter Hicks
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Posted: 18 May 2019 at 2:18pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

This would have been better as a splash page with the three insert panels along the right side of the page.  The orange areas and lines are distracting and add nothing to the story or art.
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Nathan Greno
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Posted: 18 May 2019 at 3:08pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

It's a design choice. 

Art is subjective. 
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Eric Jansen
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Posted: 19 May 2019 at 12:07am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Well, it's different!  But, really, all you need are the four panels in the middle; the rest is just frill.  If there's too much of this in a given issue, I would probably thumb through it and put it back on the stand.

I love Neal Adams' work more than just about anything, but some of his page layouts in the late 60's/early 70's were confusing and annoying.  I appreciate experimentation, but I appreciate clear storytelling more.
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 19 May 2019 at 6:17am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I think it looks fine. Like Nathan said, it's a design choice. 
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