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Snow Business

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 21, 2017
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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?

happy Thursday!

-Banes
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Emevsa at 12:39AM, Dec. 22, 2017

Sunny Australia doesn't get snow haha! Not where I live anyway! Can't wait to get the chance to draw a blizzard!

usedbooks at 11:12AM, Dec. 21, 2017

My next story arc takes place in a blizzard. City shut down. Makes a good plot device.

KimLuster at 6:28AM, Dec. 21, 2017

Love snow!! And like rain or night, it can really bring a specific mood to a scene...!

bravo1102 at 6:12AM, Dec. 21, 2017

And I did field training in the snow so there's personal experience too.

bravo1102 at 6:11AM, Dec. 21, 2017

So many desperate battles have been fought in the snow like Aspern-Essling, Towton as well as Stalingrad and the Battle of the Bulge.

bravo1102 at 6:08AM, Dec. 21, 2017

Been trying to get going on a couple of snow stories I have in mind but can't seem to get my head out of my add these days.

ozoneocean at 12:53AM, Dec. 21, 2017

LOL, you did this one this time last year XD

plymayer at 12:24AM, Dec. 21, 2017

Stay safe snow birds.

plymayer at 12:24AM, Dec. 21, 2017

Would love to drive just north enough to show my room mate's 3 yo some snow.

plymayer at 12:23AM, Dec. 21, 2017

I love the snow. Hate to drive in it or shovel it. Living in Florida it is really scarce around these parts. It has snowed in Dunedin three times since 1977. Never lay on the ground - it melted. Still, I miss it. All the winter wonderland and adventures. Digging out the car, building snow people, almost losing an eye in a ice centered snowball fight. Etc...


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