sequential daze

Friday, January 08, 2010

Details, details, details...

Y'know, one of the more challenging artistic aspects of a comic like Magellan (and many other comics too, I'm sure) is remembering to draw in all the details, especially with character's costumes... and usually it's the really small details too, the kind that probably no one else would notice but which I groan out aloud when I realise, once the page is published, that I've missed it. If I'm lucky I'll pick it up during the colouring process... like tonight, The Man Who Can's Magellan insignia over his right chest plate - missing! It's only teeny anyway, but being the pedantic semi-perfectionist that I am it's gotta be there... and so it shall!!! (Just you wait and see.)


  • I noticed another detail you DIDN'T forget: the bruise on his forehead. A "souvenir" from either the circumstances of his "conversion", or the battle later on. And I bet if I looked back at the scenes I could find the exact gesture that caused it.

    Two months pausing in between, but you remembered. Other artists (even some famous professionals) will often let a "miraculous healing" occur between one page and the next. :-)

    It's even typical practice sometimes: in The Lion King, Mufasa clawing the hyenas DID leave them wounds (little to no blood, though), but seconds later the wounds are nowhere to be seen. Disney deliberately minimize the violence, it's an official fact. That blooper isn't a genuine unintended one.

    By Blogger Pascal [P-04referent], at 10:35 pm  

  • Yes, the miraculous healing ability of 'toons' is legend (as seen in Who Framed Roger Rabbit) - blown to smithereens, squashed flat by a falling anvil, shot full of holes... it'll all be OK in the very next scene! Actually, I saw the movie Fantastic Mr Fox last night and he suffers a couple of injuries, including a claw wound, which stay there all the way thru to the end. Nice touch that!

    By Blogger xmung, at 6:44 am  

  • Right. Very commendable, to respect the intelligence of the viewers, whatever their age.

    Roger Rabbit had the honesty to openly admit, and even claim, utter silliness. ("Why didn't you tell me you could take the handcuffs off at any time? -Not at any time: only when it was funny!") Though I'm still surprised at Tweety and Mickey's naughtiness in that building fall scene! "It felt out of character". ;-)
    ("Felt", get it? 'Cause he was falling, and... ah, forget it.)

    But, unlike Lion King, that movie never pretended to be the least bit realistic.

    I wish I could've read more than a precious few Plastic Man stories. His toonish silliness (sometimes teamed with BATMAN!!!) was fun.
    Maybe you should consider a character in a similar spirit. You know, a super whose powers consist of being toon-like... at the price of his seriousness!
    Oh, I forgot: The Mask.
    Still, if you could get away with the Baxter Gang... ;-)

    By Blogger Pascal [P-04referent], at 7:49 am  

  • I agree about the Mouse in that scene... perhaps he was reliving his nastier Steamboat Willie days!

    By Blogger xmung, at 9:15 am  

  • Or, Mike knew the "episode's plot" of that in-story cartoon, with the mandatory rescue by the hysterical ugly skinbag. Then, "only when it's funny" again becomes the cardinal rule of a Toon's behavior.
    He was never in real danger, because a wild lovestruck broad was after him. "Well, d'uh!"

    It would be a bit similar to the character depth in YOUR stories: "What, you forgot to ask yourself what the crazed spinster would be doing during that endless fall? How absent-minded of you!"
    (It's something I often tell myself when your scenaristic relevance forces me to catch up with the interaction realism. Uh... not that you've portrayed many crazed spinsters so far!!! ;-)

    By Blogger Pascal [P-04referent], at 8:34 am  

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