Thursday, November 16, 2006

Red and Rover

They come in waves--five silent penultimate panels this Thursday.

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli
Nancy by Guy and Brad Gilchrist
Pooch Cafe by Paul Gilligan
Red and Rover by Brian Basset
Sally Forth by Francesco Marciuliano and Craig Macintosh

Depending on your level of silent penultimate panel orthodoxy, Red and Rover may not count.

The silent double is not a true blank pause, but it is still long and dull. I say it counts. I made up the rules here, but I let them slide on a whim.


Blogger Cal-mo-dee said...

I was made aware of your important work through JRowland's 'Overcompensating'.

I think that while it's humourous to disparage the silent panel, as possibly thoughtless and lazy filler, there is no reasonable alternative that I'm aware of, to mark the passage of time between speech. This sort of comic timing is extremely important to the success of many gags, not just in the visual realm of comics.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Mike P said...

Did you read this post?

10:26 PM  
Anonymous DemetriosX said...

Check out Friday's Stone Soup. An awful lot of cartoonists would have done this in 4 panels with an SPP. The look on Alix's face in panel 2 is a classic SPP face, but Jan Eliot combines it with the dialog, tightens the timing, and gets just as much comic effect (if not better).

12:42 AM  

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