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i say you're either a lover or you are a liar

When done right, comics are a cognitive whetstone, providing two or three or more different but entangled streams of information in a single panel. Processing what you’re being shown, along with what’s being said, along with what you’re being told, in conjunction with the shifting multiple velocities of imaginary time, and the action of the space between panels that Scott McCloud defines as closure...

--Warren Ellis

Word.

I have actually tried to do this in prose: Blood & Iron is the result, and as many can testify, using only one input stream for all those entangled information threads results in almost headsplitting density and limited success. (In your average comic panel, the streams may be visual/art/action/scene setting, narration, internalization, dialogue/thought, and white space. Yeah, think about that for a moment, and consider that maybe I missed one. Or two. And that they can contradict or ironicize each other.)

Comics are cool. They are an interstitial art form all in their lonesome.
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Hell yes.

Heh

Warren Ellis just summed up my dissertation.
Maybe he can write it for me.

Re: Heh

Well, there's always the epigraph. *g*

Re: Heh

YES!
I am so doing that. Awesome thought :)

Re: Heh

Ooo, cookie.
I could not agree more.

Now, if only I could draw...
I love that man.
Thank you. I do like the book, but it's more and more obvious to me over time that it's the piece of my work that it's hardest for many people to read. It's very much written the way my thought processes work, which is not a particularly linear thing--though I did make an attempt to translate. *g*
Oooh. Wow. Comics are cool, and make me wish I was more of a visual person (I like art lots, fair at analysis of it, can draw adequately, but there's something missing in my head that is there with words).
...can draw adequately, but there's something missing in my head that is there with words

This. Me too. I can draw, and I've drawn one comic, and it's probably never gonna happen again. Even though I could get in so very many worldbuilding details in visually without slowing down Plot.
Even though I could get in so very many worldbuilding details in visually without slowing down Plot.

Oogh. Yes. I've thought about doing one of my stories as a comic--it would look so cool, all Gaudi-meets-steampunk-inna-forest!--but then I remember that miss all kinds of important background information when reading comics (to the point my husband will bring them up and I'll stare blankly at him until he shows me then panel, because those details never even registered on my first/fourth/tenth time through), how am I going to remember to put it in in the first place?

Yeah, no. *g*
Yeah. I have a hell of a time assimilating the visual information. And yet.... I still read comics.
Well, there's still all those words in them! *g* (Not to mention some damn fine art, even if us not-so-visual types don't catch all the nuances.)