Past meetings: February

We’ve fallen behind a bit with blogging about meetings recently – hoping to catch up over the next wee while…

19th February 2019

The meeting was held at Nottingham Hackspace and was advertised as “The Panel Show”, with all NDC members invited to “Bring along your favourite comics thing and let us know why you love it.” Here’s Dorothy’s report:

Many thanks to everyone who brought along their favourite comics pages for discussion. Here are snippets from the evening.    

cover of Scott McCloud's The Sculptor

Nat was looking at ways of showing feeling and intensity in The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

As the intensity of feeling increased, the picture expanded to fit the entire page, with the comic suddenly losing its margins. Do printers and publishers cope with this? Yes! It was a problem in the olden days, but not now. 

  • Nat: ‘the intensity is being turned up on the visual grammar until it is overwhelming’ 
  • Matt: ‘Comics representing states instead of simply things’ 

Further recommendations from the audience were: 

‘expressing a truth through fantastic means’ 

cover of Azuma's Yotsuba, collection volume 2
Kiyohiko Azuma’s Yotsuba

Ida said that the Manga comic Yotsuba by Kiyohiko Azuma ‘changed the way I read’. [Lots of info here if you read Japanese!]

Yotsuba is an adopted 5 year old who becomes slightly more cartoony when she is being mischievous. Azuma draws a cartoon Dad with a moustache scribbled onto him. The cartoon is ‘real’ and the moustache is clearly added. Clever! 

More ideas:  

Panel from Goscinny & Uderzo's Asterix In Spain
Asterix the bullfighter

Dan picked the spread from Goscinny and Uderzo’s Asterix in Spain where Asterix accidentally invents bullfighting. This was masterfully done with minimal colour, so that the red cloak that literally falls into the ring is the main splash of colour as it takes up different shapes. The background drops out as the action and movement take over in the repetitive scenes that are so hard to get right; and really do come to life here. Steff pointed out that, ‘This is more theatre than TV’ with big gestures.  

Other recommendations:

Lee showed us the panels from Scott McLeod’s Understanding Comics: the book that had blown his 12-year-old-mind and made him think for the first time about art.

two pages from Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics

His choice of page showed a drawing of a painting of a pipe (Magritte’s The Treachery of Images), but we were looking at a projected view of one of many copies of a drawing of that painting of a pipe.  

And so we moved on to the moments when art spoke directly to us: 

‘I’d really just like to write something that I’d like to read’, as the creator of The Fantastic Four said.