Author: kwiedman

Reflection: On Making Comics

Despite being artistically inclined, I knew from a young age that I would never want to do art as a career. It was just so much work. It might take me upwards of ten hours to take a single image from sketch to full color. Taking commissions for that amount of effort seemed so overwhelming that I never bothered, let… Read more →

Reflection: What IS It?

What is an image? What is/where is your imagination? What happens when we read a story?   Most pages in the first half of “What It Is” presents you with one or more of these kinds of questions amid strange, dreamlike, and sometimes-disturbing imagery. The book doesn’t answer them for you, but that isn’t the point. You’re meant to think… Read more →

A Brief Look at Panel Layout and Storytelling

Panel layout, when done well, is something that tends to go unnoticed by comic readers. Competent layouts guide the reader’s eyes from panel to panel with no confusion of which panel is meant to be read next. Bad layouts stick out and break the reader’s immersion since they have to take a moment to figure out which panel to read… Read more →

Reflection: Rorschach, Women, and Sex

Throughout the first five chapters, Rorschach seems to hold a very negative opinion of sex, and especially female sex workers. On the very first page, he writes in his journal about “the accumulated filth of all their sex and murder,” referring to the city’s “vermin,” and I thought that it was unusual and a bit extreme for him to list… Read more →

Crowdfunding in Comics

The internet has been a wonderful platform for aspiring comic artists. Anyone can get their own online space to post their work, whether it’s on a dedicated comics site such as Smack Jeeves, an art site like DeviantArt, or blogging platforms like Tumblr. Each site tends to draw a different audience, so ambitious creators will post their work across multiple… Read more →

Crowds in The City

When people think about cities, two things spring to mind: crowds and noise. Big cities infamously contain huge amounts of both. To capture these essential parts of city life, Frans Masereel packs his artwork with dozens, even hundreds of people into a single tiny woodcut. There are often more people than would be realistic (except at rush hour, as any… Read more →