Saturday, 1 December 2012

Seeing Sound #11: Dictating A Letter

Cerebus #65 (August 1984)
Art by Dave Sim & Gerhard 
(from the 'Eisner Goodwin Sim' panel talk, Will Eisner's Quarterly #4, 1985)
You can't arbitrarily say, as an example, that you can only have twenty words in a balloon. I just finished a story where Cerebus dictates a letter, and the whole letter is contained in the word balloon. That establishes a certain context, that this was dictated verbatim as it came out; that he didn't pause to think about what he'd say next. It creates a good visual picture of this enormous chunk of words, and it changes the pacing, slows it down on that page.

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