Jun 24, 2010

Comics Techniques and Tricks: Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz

Welcome to another edition of Comics Techniques and Tricks, in which we showcase techniques that only comics can do! Click here for the archive!

Today's comic trick comes from Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz, who in 1990 did Big Numbers, an unfinished comic book series about shopping, fractal mathematics, small-town life, and the dynamics of real life and the imagination.

In this comic trick, Sienkiewicz takes the Frank King Gasoline Alley trick I showed you last time, and refined it for a modern audience and a longer format. See, the Gasoline Alley strip was great to look at, but if you read it in any direction, well, it didn't really make much sense in terms of telling a story. And it didn't have to; it was one page, and it looked great. But in Big Numbers, the technique had to be adapted to tell the story efficiently. So it's the same technique, except that you read it in your regular left-to-right, up-to-down way:

Pretty cool, huh? Bill Sienkiewicz did the art, but Alan Moore is credited for really detailed scripts, so I think they both deserve the credit for this one.


Anonymous said...

Ah, synchronicity!

When I commented on Frank King's post before, this was exactly the Alan Moore art I had in mind!

Pretty cool indeed.

Marcius Fabiani said...

This reminds of those works by David Hockney, those with several photographs composing a single picture.

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