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Drew Spence
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Posted: 12 August 2017 at 1:51am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

When you were/are creating, do you/did you make any changes to your art/story according to the possible ages of the readers/characters?

1) Do you change dialogue because a certain age of reader might not understand? -either a dated reference or just a level of speaking  maturity?

2) Do you change poses to make them match the characters age?
I'd assume you knew The Thing wouldn't relax the same way another character of different size or mass or personality would, but did you/do you consider age?


I'm trying to find a way to ask about what, if any,  adjustments you made between the readers and the characters in relation to their imagined ages.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 12 August 2017 at 7:01am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

1) I write at a fairly consisted level, as far as anticipating the age of my audience. I take it that anything that is not understood by a younger group (remember them?) can be explained, as my parents explained things to me, or that these things will become more clear with later readings.

2) Jim Salicrup, while he was my editor on FANTASTIC FOUR, gave me one of the best compliments of my career. He said he liked the way my characters all stood and sat in character. This is true, for me, with all the characters I draw.

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Drew Spence
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Posted: 12 August 2017 at 7:40am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Thank you for responding.


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Josh Goldberg
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Posted: 12 August 2017 at 8:28am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

No question that body language is one of JB's strengths.  Not just the main characters, but the background characters, too.  It really contributes to tbe level of realism in his work.
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Drew Spence
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Posted: 12 August 2017 at 9:07am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Interestingly enough, I mention that tendency or facet of his work in a recent interview I did about 3D comics. I want to mention his detailed backgrounds too, but you don't want to over do it. lol

I'll probably share it here when it's ready.
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Ray Brady
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Posted: 12 August 2017 at 12:59pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I've long appreciated JB's ability to show a cast of a dozen characters in silhouette only, yet still have every one be immediately identifiable.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 12 August 2017 at 5:58pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I've long appreciated JB's ability to show a cast of a dozen characters in silhouette only, yet still have every one be immediately identifiable.

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Good point now you mention it. I agree.
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