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Andrew Bitner
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Posted: 18 February 2021 at 10:19am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

A sub-thread on the FanFic page (sparked by me asking about the X-Men's favorite breakfast beverages) had me thinking...

We don't see people eating together much in comics. It's kind of interesting, in that this is usually a time when people talk. It's a ready opportunity for breaks away from action.

Thoughts? 

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John Byrne

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Posted: 18 February 2021 at 10:33am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Much as I actually enjoy drawing people sitting around talking, it can make for some DULL pages!
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Ted Pugliese
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Posted: 18 February 2021 at 10:45am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

To this day, I recall how much I enjoyed seeing the
guys together in the Kurt Busiek issue of Justice League
of America (#224) - the one that introduced Paragon.
Let me see if I can find it online...

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Ted Pugliese
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John Byrne

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Posted: 18 February 2021 at 11:50am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Curious placement of the fold in the waitress' apron. Looks like Hal (?) is smoking a cigarette.

Anyway--I rest my case. Dull. And certainly not worth a splash.

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John Byrne

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Posted: 18 February 2021 at 11:57am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

BTW, if we MUST do such "quiet" scenes, here's how. . .

Multiple panels, so plenty of storytelling, and the "action" kicks in fast.

(Pleased to report the original of this page adorns one of my Studio walls!)

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Michael Penn
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Posted: 18 February 2021 at 12:26pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I could pass out from how great García-López was...!
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Michael Penn
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Posted: 18 February 2021 at 12:29pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Here's another that works pretty darn well:

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Andrew Bitner
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Posted: 18 February 2021 at 1:11pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Cool! 
True, if there was a three page stretch of "brunch with the X-Men," that's not giving the reader much to get excited over, but I do like these momentary interludes. 
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 18 February 2021 at 1:16pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Jim Davis has successfully made half a career out of eating scenes.

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Eric Jansen
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Posted: 18 February 2021 at 2:22pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Not to put down anybody, but, yes, if you're going to write a "dull" scene, make sure you have a FANTASTIC artist to draw it!  Like the Garcia-Lopez page.

I have memories of Neal Adams drawing people just walking down a street in a two-page spread that blew me away!  I remember Marshall Rogers cutting loose on what were technically dull scenes in things like DETECTIVES INC. and they're just glorious to look at.  Gene Colan could make eating at a restaurant jump out at the reader.

That JUSTICE LEAGUE page could have been a wondrous showcase for an artist who "revels in the normal."  It pays to have the writer and artist work closely together to maybe adjust things and bring out the best in each other.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 18 February 2021 at 9:06pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I could look at Garcia-Lopez’s work for hours. Look at each figure on
the page and the weight and dimension he gave them. Zounds!
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