Green pills in a cologne bottle, skulls in a crate, Netekim… I’m trying this new 6 panel layout for this page and I gotta tell ya, I really like it. I hated the idea at first, but, I needed to do something different. Those thick black frames began looking like hipster glasses. 132 pages later, the frames got a trim. Change is never easy, even for something like this.
Originally, I had done the sketches with the classic 9 panel layout the night before. I went to sleep, just thinking about the panel layout for some reason. That’s the kind of nightmare that I welcome. I rather have dreams about panel layouts, than “your inventory is full” error messages; ’cause I got those too.
Anyway, I thought about it long and hard and… I decided that having a 9 panel layout draws out the comic too much because most of the type of panels that I do. This isn’t about the number of panels, as much as the content of the panels. My mission was to cut the panels – like cutting film – and still tell the same story within the page. In fact, a better story. After looking at the rough sketch, I knew exactly what 3 panels I needed to cut. That part took about 3 seconds. That was the revolutionary point. I will still do rough sketches with more panels than I need. Once it’s time to do the actual layout, I will cut some panels out to fine tune the page. This time around, I had to edit the dialogue some to fit the new layout. It might be a bit corky. I may not be working out as well as I think it is. In the future, I’ll try to come up with a little finer method for the dialogue.
On another note, can you guess who Netekim really is? He is an historic figure. His name is the hint.