Jonny Double #2 (1998), page 17 panels 1-5. Eduardo Risso.
The latest installment of my Robot 6 column is up! I really liked how this one turned out. It's a few hundred words on a brutal Eduardo Risso sequence that involves people's body parts being slammed both against things (car roof) and in things (car door). Who else uses a parked car as a prop in their fight scenes? This column also features the single best comment anything I've written has ever received (second one down). If that doesn't pique your interest, it starts like this:
The fight scene is like a litmus test for cartoonists. Of all the medium’s conventions, only the gag strip comes close to the sheer amount of depiction fighting has been given in comics. Like the gag, most good artists can choreograph one effectively. What’s much more difficult and much more rare is a fight that’s both blocked out well and unique looking. Unlike gags, however, the fight scene is a very specific thing: impact shots of multiple human figures in motion, negotiating one another’s presence in physical space. Again, just the number of times people fighting have been drawn into sequenced panels over the past century-plus of comics means it can be tough to find an acme for it that’s truly one’s own, completely untouched by anyone else. Read more