New interview with me by Pedro Moura on the origins of Unflattening, my process, challenges, and more in The Comics Alternative. I was also interviewed recently for Colombia’s El Espectador by Pablo Guerra that focuses on the educational and visual literacy aspects of my work. See the full interview here and here for a google translate version of it. Unflattening made another Best of 2015 list (that I’d not seen) in the All Star Comics, Melbourne, courtesy of Cameron Ashley. For more info on Unflattening see here, and here for all press.
During my travels in March, I spoke at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and as part of that had the good fortune to have comics librarian and defender extraordinaire Carol Tilley deliver the response to my talk. It was an enlightening and edifying talk, and Carol has kindly shared this publicly here. Definitely worth a read!
So here’s how to think about Grids & Gestures. Quickly, have a look at your ceiling tiles or other grid-ish things around you. If you then imagine putting these features to music, you might have regular long notes on the tiles, some shorter notes, and maybe rapid staccato beats on a ventilation grill. Ok, now come back to a comics page – and think about the idea that in comics, time is written in space. Comics are static – and it’s in the way we organize the space that we can convey movement and the passage of time. Unlike storyboards, to which comics are frequently compared, in comics we care not only about what goes on in the frame, but we care about the size of the panel, its shape, orientation, what it’s next to, what it’s not, and its overall location within the page composition. The way you orchestrate these elements on the page is significant to the meaning conveyed – there are some strong correspondences between comics and architecture in terms of thinking about the way the entire space operates together.
So here’s a short video of me explaining grids & gestures. There are longer versions of this that can be found with the detailed instructions of the exercise, but I tried to keep it concise here.