When you read a comic, do you look at the pictures or words first?
Vince, on the other hand, grew up experiencing comics in the inverse; he would scan the image before the words. I didn’t know that until it was brought up in conversation one day while working on Skies of Fire. Before then, it never occurred to me that people would have different ways of experiencing the medium.
A good example I like to use is Geoff Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy, a comic we at Mythopoeia adore. It’s tremendously detailed yet almost bereft of words. Instead, the comic focuses on beat by beat action storytelling that rivals any great Kung Fu flick.
(The Comic Pusher actually has really awesome and thoughtful content. Wish he would still update!)
It’s displayed proudly next to unrelenting praise by comic luminaries Mike Mignola, Stan Sakai, and a slew of others. Did the reviewer from The Comic Pusher simply not get it? Or is it that hes simply used to experiencing comics differently? That’s what I thought anyway when I read the quote.
Why do we do make comics like this? Well, a lot has to do with our training. Both Vince and I went to film school, where the first lesson they teach you is that a story should be able to be understood strictly through images. Our professors taught us that if we were to mute a movie, we should still more or less be able to figure out what’s going on. We’ve made no secret that our projects began life as screenplays or teleplays.