Ada (2010), pages 2-3. Atak.
Well, I'm back to talking about normal old "comics" on my Robot 6 column, but that was supposed to be the point anyway. This week it's another entry in the "archive of the obscure" category, as I do some riffing on a spread of images and typography by the German cartoonist Atak. So what if nobody's read the comic I got it from, just look at those colors! If your interest is piqued, head on over and read what I had to say about it; if you insist on a preview, it starts like this:
The sequence that the pictures on a page of comics run in is the most important decision an artist in the form can make; everything proceeds from there. Less pressingly important, but still often worth examining, is the sequencing of words. I don’t mean the poetic order that the individual units of language are put in, but the actual organization of text on the page, the way the reader’s eye is invited to move from one line of text to the next. It’s so important to effective comics storytelling that the through-lines between blocks of type be clean and easy to follow that it can be difficult to find anything really out of the ordinary being done with them. Read more