Sunday, September 25, 2011
Sequence Is Magic
I've enjoyed Jason Shawn Alexander's comics quite a bit, but I think his paintings are even better. I found the image above on his website -- details from a few of his paintings smashed together in one image, not intended as a comic per se. But it works incredibly well as a piece of sequential art, a beautiful comics page. As impressive as each painting is, put together they harmonize, dialogue with each other, even though they weren't made with the intent that that would be what they'd do. Put in sequence, they can't help it. There's an inherent appeal to the comics form no matter what's in the pictures, to simply seeing different sized rectangles set onto one big canvas together. The image above, an accidental comic that still looks incredible, is a great demonstration of that.