Comics as CSS?

While working on layouts for the graphic novel, I’m trying out something a little different. I sketch out individual panels in sequence without any concern for how they’ll fall on the page. Instead, I’m first making sure the pacing and order is right—adding and subtracting moments as necessary—and then seeing how they tumble onto the page and whether adjustments have to be made after the fact.

So, basically I’m working out pacing like it was plain HTML, then the comics page is like a style sheet applied to that content. Comics = CSS!

This makes me happy.

Because I am a big fat dork.

Discussion (8)¬

  1. JFPoulin says:

    Scott McLoud at the leading edge of comic layout!!

  2. JFPoulin says:

    We see the result soon?

    • Scott says:

      If “soon” is measured in geologic terms, yes. Otherwise might be a while. 😉

      This is a nearly-three year project. The first year is primarily layout, but once finished art starts emerging, I’ll probably post some previews.

  3. Ian Gilman says:

    Perhaps all of those extra panels that don’t make it in the final book are paving the way for a special edition “director’s cut” digital version on an infinite canvas…

  4. ken masters says:

    A whole year for layout. Did that international tour of yours make you that much money, if it did why even bother making comics.

    Also Chester Brown in his own luddite ways has drawn and paced his comics by sketching his individual panels on different sheets of paper, then he would do a paste-up on a sheet of bristol to make a finished page.

    Three years of working on a computer will use more electricity than making the comic with traditional mediums would in that same time frame. Paper requires trees, but americas primary source of electricity is from burning coal, remember that.

    Also commenting on one month old blog entries is awesome just to let you know.

  5. lesfuent says:

    now I’ll stay tuned..