Josh was right.on February 15, 2011 at 9:38 am
So I had planned on posting another screencast today about how to use comicpress the “right way.” Really it was just a quick screencast on how to use comicpress with a child theme so that when you upgrade you don’t lose your edits. Needless to say it was an horrific disaster.
Instead I’m just gonna ramble about a mistake I made in yesterdays strip that was pointed out by Josh Baumen of Caffeinated Toothpaste. To get right to the point here’s the mistake I made:
What’s the problem? Why did Josh take time out of his day to craft a well worded email about this panel?
Take a look at how your eye should move across a three four panel strip:
Now take a look at how your eye moved across yesterdays strip:
Look at that mess. You start with a gentle move following the sidewalk and quickly are force to u-turn right out of the strip, across your computer monitor and up into that awesome vintage Care Bears poster you keep up at the office. It is at this point I have completely lost your attention. How can anyone compete with the Care Bears?
Josh suggested that to fix this problem I simply flip the panel like this:
From a visual standpoint this is a fantastic solution. Just look at how much nicer the flow is:
Perfect left to right with a bit of a zig zag to keep your interest. Of course now the text is reversed and there is the huge problem (for me at least) that the stairs and the mailbox are on the wrong side of the building. Eventually I’ll have to redraw that panel from the corner of the entry way so as to get a left to right movement of Paul and Scott (the guy in the green coat is Paul’s friend Scott.)
2816 has been partly an exercise for me. First of all I wanted to do a long term project that sustained itself. I’ve done larger works before but never without huge breaks between them. Second I wanted to work on a strip and rather than stress about every little mistake as I’m working, learn from the ones I made yesterday so as to not repeat them. I’m not a master of the craft and never will be so trying to make every strip a masterpiece only ends in failure.
So while comics are a blast to make and I’m trying not to stress the little details and rules of visual language, as Josh said “the ultimate purpose is knowing stuff like that so you can go ahead and break those rules when you feel like it.”