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COMPOSITIONS

24 May 2006

I know you had been expecting more exploding heads, but instead I give you flying fish. It's an equal trade, you see?

Captain August has kind of an inherent problem that comes with its format and style. Exhibit A: I like to use lots of dialogue in the strip. Exhibit B: I write everything by hand, which makes text take massively much more space than typed fonts. So near the end of this episode for example, it seems like there's HUGE amounts of text and everything's kind of cramped, while it really doesn't reach such extravagant heights. That bums me out a bit, because it makes composition a bit awkward when I have a lot of dialogue going on, and yet I don't want to compromise on that luscious verbal inclination of mine.

Nevertheless, I took some more effort into getting the compositions of the panels right. The previous episode had some boo-boo's on that terrain. Especially the panel where August is confronted by the headman of the plumbers union (all characters are purely fictitious and any resemblance to existing persons is purely coincidental) makes me cringe. Stuff like composition doesn't come naturally to me, so I have to really take the effort to sit down and get it right. This episode is much easier on the eyes then, even IF there's more text involved. Some day this might become a nice comic just yet!

Recently it's been getting a little quiet again on the forums, which can't be the purpose of such a thing of course, so I encourage every reader to pop by and discuss their innermost fears and anxieties, or maybe games or somesuch. There has been some doubt from my side that you all might perceive these forums to be a place where you can only ask questions to me or give comments, while there's really nothing you can't simply post over there. I've been covering almost everything in my rants as well, so why shouldn't you be allowed to do the same? And should your post exceed the limits of nothing, I'll just take some dire repercussions and that will be the end of that. No biggie.

So, really. The forums.

Roderick.