We had a big snowfall two weeks ago, and I was out driving the city in it (I have a part time delivery job).
My car and I held up pretty well in it, and that was satisfying. As the news warned people to stay off the roads, I was out there doing my rounds. That was even more satisfying (though I was very happy and relieved to eventually make it home without getting stuck).
Snow changes everything. The entire environment is completely different, and the minute-to-minute operations of life become more complicated and troublesome.
In comics, snow can be a lot of fun. Flakes can fill up the pages and add to the grit and danger in comics like Sin City…
One of my favorite X-Men stories was when a little girl gets sidetracked in a blizzard and encounters a nearly-dead Wolverine, who's being hunted by some vicious adversaries.
Another great snow-centric comic was in an old issue of Amazing Spider Man (#277, Google tells me), where a Wendigo (creepy mythical monster) stalks New York during a blizzard.
Snow can also create an atmosphere of quiet calm. Again, same as in real life.
Of course, the legendary snowmen from Calvin & Hobbes are too great for words!
I did one issue of Typical Strange that featured snowy weather, but the story had nothing to do with snow, or Christmas. I just wanted it to be snowing, and adding the snow to every exterior panel was a lot of fun and looked great to me. Having a different season gives things more texture and reality, I think.
Snow has a vibe, an atmosphere when it's falling, or even when it's just covering the landscape. The winter season adds so much to the Peanuts comics, as well as South Park and Calvin & Hobbes.
Blizzards in suspense or horror stories are drawn in a wild, distorted style, with wacky shapes to the flakes that add to the kinetic excitement or danger and oppression of the weather (and the story).
The quiet calm of a landscape covered with snow, most details obscured, can give a nice effect, too, just as it can in real life.
Is it snowing where you are? Do you have a love/hate relationship with the stuff like I do? Do you feature snow, or variation in weather and seasons in your comics?
Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 1, 2016
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