Sunday, January 14, 2007

If you can't stand the heat...

With the asteroid shield gone, the Toad starts to superheat... but Tux's crew is prepared. The are already suited up and escape the ship as it heads toward the planet surface and it's final landing. Tux looks back and sheds a tear for the little ship that that was her home.

7 comments:

Tom Moon said...

Shouldn't the title of this panel be: "The Toad Croaks"?

rickart said...

Heh! Good one... I'll use it on the next installment.

Mr Goodson said...

Rick. Awesome stuff lately. I like the idea of doing a little storytelling per single panel. Good format. It's like the old gold key used to have short stories and just one or two illos to go with it.

rickart said...

Well, I have to say it's a lot less work. I've kicked around the idea of doing panels and having the dialogue appear below in HTML text... that would eliminate the tedious adding of words to balloons... and making the balloons and fitting them in the panels and the like. I think it also frees up the panel so that the layout isn't dependant on making room for the balloons.

I've never really cared for the balloon-less format, but who knows, it may grow on me. One of my greatest heroes, Alex Raymond, tried to eliminate balloons from Flash Gordon because he felt that it interfered with the art.

Tom Moon said...
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Tom Moon said...

I used to feel that same way about the balloons interfering with the art, but I've since done 180 degree turnabout. The word balloons are an indispensible part of the art (I think Jack Kirby felt this way too); they give an immediacy to the art form that you don't find in Prince Valiant and the later Flash Gordons. With all the text and dialogue removed to the narration panels, the strip seems somehow colder and too formal to me. But there are lot of exceptions to the rule too. Children's books don't always seem to suffer in the same way by having the words separated. I don't know why.

rickart said...

I think comics just read better and more easily with balloons than without... they can be a real pain, though.

I think that even though most childrens books don't use balloons, the text is still incorperated in the layout of the pages.