Sunday, February 14, 2016


Panel 2 is what’s known as “cheating”: the posters and placards logically should have been facing AWAY from camera, toward the Archon and his entourage as they emerged from the hotel. I didn’t want to break up the action into 2 panels, hence the cheat. I’m curious if anybody even noticed, or, if they did, cared.

This is an example of what I was talking about in a previous post: in comics, a pose (or panel) often has to impart several quanta of information simultaneously, often in a way that is not, strictly speaking, realistic. It’s only a problem if readers notice, or, if noticing, care.

I’m also posting the backside of this page to demonstrate part of my process; I will frequently work back and forth thusly in order to check my drawing, catch mistakes, etc. I learned this technique in art school and have found it useful over the years.

This is page #15 from "The Mark" issue 1, volume 2, otherwise known as "The Mark In America", published by Dark Horse Comics in December 1993. Written by Mike Barr, Drawn by Brad Rader

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