A new Change Log comic about lawyers.
Most of the time I try to keep my comic format pretty consistent. Ideally four panels or sometimes five but still fitting in a square layout. Sometimes, like today’s comic, I just can’t fit the idea into a square hole (see what I did there). I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading about comic page formats and visual storytelling lately. It’s kind of interesting to think about comic strips in newspapers and the strict format that they had to work within. Some get much more creative than others. Bill Watterson (creator of Calvin & Hobbes, but I’m sure you already knew that) was a master of using the confines of the space he had to work with in creative ways. That’s an area that I want to try to push myself on a bit more. I cartoonists often get a little boring with their visual storytelling, mostly because the way comic strips work. The short-form gag style strips tend to focus primarily on the gag and delivering the joke. I try to use a lot of facial expression and body language in my art but I always feel like I can do more. Maybe that’s why Watterson retired so early… once you reach the point where you are such a master at your craft you lose interest because there’s nowhere else to push toward. I kinda hope I never get there.
Thanks and have a great week!