While working on storyboards, I have been diving quiet heavily into different styles of comic books. I have been using them as a reference as to how to convey meaning through images. I have gone through several different types of comic, to attempt to understand different methods.
Congress of the Animals by Jim Woodring is completely silent, with no dialogue, and around 100 pages of pure imagery. Despite the lack of narration, the piece still has a clear narrative. Its formatting style acts a lot like an animatic, as panels seem to be closer time wise, allowing you to see a motion or action almost completely.
Black Hole by Charles Burns, while quiet dense when it comes to text in places, the art conveys a lot of emotion, and brings sense to mind, through its use of unconventional imagery. Entire chapters, at times can be seen as hallucinations or dreams without text, that still convey a heavy amount of meaning.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson, while a classic, uses an interest form of panelling to denote which form of media is being discussed. For example, when the news is being shown, the panelling becomes reminiscent of a television screen. Meant as a way to convey the change of media to the reader.
Finally, Silk Vol. 1: Sinister by Robbie Thompson and Stacy Lee has a very interesting visual style. Providing thick outlines around the most important elements in frame, such as the main character, or items that are intended to be the focus. This provides an easy way for the reader to focus on the most important details, story wise.
- Burns, C. (2005) Black Hole. Jonathan Cape: London.
- Miller, F. & Janson, K. (1986) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. DC Comics: New York.
- Thompson, R. & Lee, S. (2016) Silk Vol. 1: Sinister. Marvel Comics: New York.
- Woodring, J. (2011) Congress of the Animals. Fantagraphics Books: Seattle.