99 Ways to Tell a Story

One of the things I find most exciting and challenging about creating comics is trying to figure out how best to lay out the narrative. There are numerous factors which might affect how the story is told. These factors can include the perspective from which the story is told, the amount of panels used, the style […]

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The absurd world of Joan Cornellà

A little while back I discovered the work of Joan Cornellá an illustrator from Barcelona who’s body of work is almost exclusively one page silent comics. Similar to the Jason his comics are drawn with in a set grid of panels which is repeated throughout his work. In Cornellá’s case his comics are most often […]

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The Sound of Silence

It could be argued that a truly silent comic is devoid of any sound whatsoever. Personally I don’t take such a strict view. In my opinion a silent comic is a comic whose narrative is driven by sequential imagery alone without the use of dialogue between characters. I feel that the use of onomatopoeia, words […]

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Inspired by A Georgeous Harbour

A number of years ago I discovered an artist who goes under the pseudonym Mr Clement. She is a London based illustrator and designer whos work is largely focused around a number of characters she has created within their own diegesis. These characters feature throughout Mr Clement’s work, her main protagonist being a rabbit in […]

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Mort Walker – The Lexicon of Comicana

There are any number of ways to express emotions, moods and states of characters in comic books. Sometimes these expression are exaggerated and others they are subtle. Often times these expressions are depicted in ways which are slightly abstract when we think about them yet they are understood and accepted readily by readers. Take for […]

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Will Eisner on imagery as a communicator

Will Eisner is a pioneer of contemporary comic art and his contribution to the field has been immense. So much so that the largest annual comic book awards, The Eisner Awards, are named in his honour. Comics and Sequential Art is essentially a text book outlining what Eisner considered to be best principles and practices […]

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Jason’s “Almost Silent”

John Arne Sæterøy is better known by his pen name Jason. He is a cartoonist and comic writer from Molde, Norway. Jason is known for his sparse drawing style and dead pan humour. In his comics he creates an almost noir style world populated by anthropomorphic animals. Jason’s body of work feature a number of silent […]

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David A. Berona on “The System” by Peter Kuper

David Beronä is the author of a number of books and articles on the subject of wordless comics. In his essay “WORDLESS COMICS: The Imaginative appeal of Peter Kuper’s The System” Beronä aims to provide analysis of Kuper’s wordless graphic novel demonstrating their are 5 key elements employed by Kuper to successfully drive the narrative […]

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The Silent Appeal

When asked to define a comic, the definition will most likely indicate that a comic is a narrative or idea expressed through sequential images which combine words and pictures. Although in truth this kind of definition fits a large majority of comics, there are many comics which do not exactly fit this description. There are […]

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