fenominus said: Do you know what Moebius is talking about in number 10? Sounds important, but it's unclear to me.
He’s talking about thinking about composition as not just lines but communicating with the reader.
and learning storytelling tricks like using characters moving to the right showing going forward (since we read English/French from left to right). .and getting to know the rhythm of a story.
I feel like comics like novels or movies are whatnot are something that you can pick of the language of by reading them and that is something that can be used to know the beats of a story, like a language and even to subvert how a reader thinks a story will go.
Here’s a Tom Herpich page that creates it’s own version of what I mean.
See how Tom uses “do this” at first with an image and then—without the image you still know what he visually means.
And here’s that Moebius—
- "10. another important element is composition. the composition on our stories must be studied, because a page, or a painting, is a face that looks towards (faces) the reader and that speaks to him. it’s not a succession of panels with out meaning. there’s panels that are full and some that are empty, others that have a vertical dynamic or a horizontal one, and on that there is intention. the vertical excites (cheers), the horizontal calms, an oblique to the right , for us westerners, represents the action heads towards the future, and oblique to the left directs action toward the past. points (points of attention) represent a dispersion of energy. something places in the middle focalises energy and attention, it concentrates.
- these are basic symbols for reading, that exercise a fascination, a hypnosis. you must have a consciousness about rhythm, set traps for the reader to fall on to, and if he falls, and gets lost and may move inside them with pleasure because there’s life. you must study the great painters, the ones that speak with their paintings, of any school or period, that does not matter, and they must be seen with that preoccupation for physical composition, but also emotional. in what way the combination of lines on that artist touches us directly in “the heart.
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