Poem Strip (1969), pages 151-153. Dino Buzzati.
Oh man, three posts on Poem Strip in half a week! No more to say about the thing here, so just go here and check out the Buzzati sequence I talked about this week on my Robot 6 column. It's one of the better parts of the book -- a little shard of near-Kirbyist action storytelling in the midst of an art-comic with relatively little narrative panel-to-panel storytelling. Buzzati had a whole different spin on the "action scene" than just about anyone else, but man did he do it beautifully. Go check it out, the column starts like this:
The action sequence is probably the type of comics-making that the greatest number of artists have engaged in (except maybe the gag), and it’s also one of the best tests of a cartoonist’s ability to do what they do convincingly. Action demands that an artist utilize a number of skill sets all at once: an understanding of the human figure to sell the gestures, composition to produce impact, panel-to-panel transitions to move the reader through it, attention to detail so that the action’s environment never gets lost behind it. Beside that, words on the page become meaningless at best during action, actual impediments at worst. Action is perhaps the facet of comics storytelling in which it helps least to be told what you’re seeing. The artist alone sells action. And as we know, sequencing is what sells comics art. Read more