Thursday, 20 November 2014
Modesty Blaise: Further Remarks
(ii) O'Donnell writes that "...strip cartoon is not a medium for subtle shades of grey..." so the villains must have "...no redeeming features." I disagree.
(iii) Even small-panel black-and-white comic art can be good art with details, characterization, action and scenery. When, in a three panel sequence, Sir Gerald and Willie have lunch at Rand's Club:
panel 1 shows, I now realize, more detail than I can describe of the restaurant and bar - there is depth and distance, a door leads to another room with standing and seated figures and, beyond them, a window;
panel 2 is an exterior shot of the building and the street with a pedestrian, chauffeurs beside parked cars, trees and speech balloon emerging from the building;
panel 3 is the two men now seated at their table.