Sound Affect

March 22, 2004

The above A&J favorite of mine is another excellent example of what I was talking about in the previous post. The writing and the drawing work in tandem, the essence of a newspaper comic strip. Or so some would say. I also enjoy a good pantomime comic, a complete idea represented without any words. I am always proud of myself when I produce such a strip. I think comic strips that are exclusively pantomime would be extremely difficult to turn out every day. That might explain why there are so few of them. They seem to have been much more popular in a bygone era. Conversely, many very popular strips have come along in the modern era that rely heavily upon dialog and spoken punchlines. It’s whatever you, the reader, judge to be worth five seconds of your time, really.