Panel Slang

The aesthetic illustrated interests of Nate Patrin.
calamityjon:

This is a page from a forgettable 1950s comic called Captain Science, which up to this point had been two or three unremarkable but typically batshit old school sci fi stories. Then, this issue, and Joe Orlando and Wally Wood collaborate (it’s an on-and-off appearance).
Just look at what they’re doing with the panels here. A stylized descent into an underground bunker, the panels are each a room in the bunker, although the camera still moves somewhat freely among them, and this isn’t exactly unheard-of in comics (rare, maybe, but not so rare that I’m sure you couldn’t think of an example on your lonesome), but what sets it apart in my mind is the decorations on the caption, bottom row left. With a brief text aside, they’ve got room to add those decorative elements, the pipes and chambers, which when combined with the mention of a passage of time, it becomes the perfect visual interstitial. 
I dunno man, this artform - this is a junk story, no one involved with this thing coulda figured it would have been preserved for future generations, yet the artistry and the uniqueness of it just brings tears to my eyes. Literally, I welled with emotion looking at something so lovely in the service of a story, just an illumination to fill space that conveys so much, a dumb detail with so much going for it. Goddamn comics, man, just the best medium.

calamityjon:

This is a page from a forgettable 1950s comic called Captain Science, which up to this point had been two or three unremarkable but typically batshit old school sci fi stories. Then, this issue, and Joe Orlando and Wally Wood collaborate (it’s an on-and-off appearance).

Just look at what they’re doing with the panels here. A stylized descent into an underground bunker, the panels are each a room in the bunker, although the camera still moves somewhat freely among them, and this isn’t exactly unheard-of in comics (rare, maybe, but not so rare that I’m sure you couldn’t think of an example on your lonesome), but what sets it apart in my mind is the decorations on the caption, bottom row left. With a brief text aside, they’ve got room to add those decorative elements, the pipes and chambers, which when combined with the mention of a passage of time, it becomes the perfect visual interstitial. 

I dunno man, this artform - this is a junk story, no one involved with this thing coulda figured it would have been preserved for future generations, yet the artistry and the uniqueness of it just brings tears to my eyes. Literally, I welled with emotion looking at something so lovely in the service of a story, just an illumination to fill space that conveys so much, a dumb detail with so much going for it. Goddamn comics, man, just the best medium.

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