Thursday, 20 November 2014
(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.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
I do not agree with Mike Paterson in his introduction that there is a "sexual tension" between Modesty and Willie. Completely unexpected and welcome was the second introduction by Peter O'Donnell, describing his World War II encounter with the original of Modesty. It would be good if the unnamed girl had survived and read the comic strip.