‘Sects Friday 09/04/2015

SECTS 205

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  1. Is 4 panels the standard in comics?

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    1. The answer is a qualified “maybe”… Comic books and comic strips are more standardized by height and width than the number or shape of the panels. For a strip like mine, that I’m trying to do in a semi-traditional newspaper-style, you would typically see either 3 or 4 panels of equal sizes. That’s why most of my strips like this are 3 or 4 panels. It gives you a few steps to get setup a gag that pays off in the final panel or to tell a quick story, sometimes leaving a cliffhanger. You can also change-up the pacing by adding more panels. I’ve done some 8-panel strips a couple of times, and some mixes of in-between… the changing panel sizes within a strip (instead of them all being of equal size) give the effect of time passing at different rates between the panels.

      If you look at Web comics that are designed similar to a comic book, instead of a newspaper strip, you’ll see more panels and panels that aren’t square too. There is more flexibility with a larger “page” size than the one I’m working with… kind of like my Sunday strip which is larger.

      I haven’t done any yet… but you can have non-square panels, overlapping ones, and even panels with no borders at all. I have done dream and flashback panels where I use a cloud or a dashed line border to indicate that something isn’t really happening or happened at some point in the past. I’m sure I’m leaving out some examples too.

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