Experimenting with Comics – Comic Book Poems

Understanding Comics by Scott McLeod is the gospel for creating comics. Different methods and ways to present comics are discussed including methods for experimenting and using non-sequitor images. Panels in comic book, by their storytelling nature, generally have to follow a structure and sequence. Without this sequence the storytelling would be lost in the imagery.

These guidelines are important, but can also be seen as a restriction at times.
Poetry also has restrictions at times. These can include language, rhyme, meter and length.
Restrictions on one hand can be seen as liberating . They offer the opportunity to break these boundaries and try something new and this is what we are trying to do with Comic Book Poems.
Comics that I have found experimental in nature include Ryan Woodward’s Bottom of the Ninth and Chris Wares Building Stories.

2.Problems - Comic Book Poems
These comics are a constant inspiration. Chris Wares Building Stories explores how to use different media and methods of presentation. While ‘Bottom of 9th’ looks to combine animation and motion graphics with web comics. These are great methods to look at comic book storytelling and distribution.


About Comic Book Poems

I am a writer and artist who likes to work with poetry, illustration, film and animation.
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