Ripped From the Blog and Mail
Guess who got a feature piece in today’s Blog and Mail?
I thought this part was interesting where Dave commented:
(Blair’s) really got that Chester Gould forward momentum thing nailed.
Refering to an earlier Blog and Mail entry (#334 August 11th, 2007) where Dave commented:
There was something that Chester Gould understood about the comics medium that I don’t think anyone else has really clued into to the same extent that he did. The whole thing is forward momentum. It is technically considered to be “bad comics” to take up half a panel with a caption that stiltedly describes everything that is going on. Chester Gould didn’t think that was “bad comics”. Just the opposite. If the gangster threatens to throw the bomb in one panel and you explain what Pat Patton is about to do and how Dick Tracy signals him in the caption in the next panel and then show Pat shooting the bomb out of the guy’s hand and into the pickle brine in the following panel…Chester Gould is saying, that’s GOOD comics. Set up, explanation, gunshot “OW!”. The reader wants to see the bad guy get shot in the hand so the sooner you can get him shot in the hand, the better your comics are. If you can get from point A to point C with one long-winded caption, that’s better than using two or three panels to get there.