back to list

Panel By Panel: 'The Sagas of Seelhoe' and Stolen Glances

hpkomic at 3:54PM, June 30, 2023

Hello everyone, and welcome to Panel by Panel, a periodic exploration of comic panels around The Duck. This week I want to turn our attention to the power of small moments in time that gives comics so much poignancy and power when dealing with time. When we last talked about paneling, we mentioned that panels often serve as a moment or snapshot, allowing you to skip a lot in between.

However, the opposite is also true; panels can be moments you do not want to skip, such as in the case of today's comic, The Sagas of Seelhoe. The deliberate choice of where to “pause” for a panel can carry much weight, and in a page full of such moments, the first stands out the most.

The Sagas of Seelhoe is a comic by Roberto Fabris. We're looking at page 22 of “Faeriequest, Phase One.”

The panel in question:

The page becomes a romantic interlude, and while the page uses panels to set up little stolen moments, such as the kiss of the final three panels, what stands out most to me is the second panel of the page, where Esin steals that glance. There is a lot of existing character history and background here, obviously. While I am not fully familiar with the comic, I was immediately drawn to the subtle nature of that second panel. The panel is completely silent and relies on the clear depiction of her glancing at him at the moment, and it works incredibly well.

Even if these are drawn characters, there is a kind of acting choice here between the creator of the comic and the character in use. Taking time out of a page to handle a small moment such as this, which implies so much, is a good use of time within a comic.

If you want to find earlier editions of Panel By Panel, click here.

Don’t forget you can now advertise on DrunkDuck for just $2 in whichever ad spot you like! The money goes straight into running the site. Want to know more? Click this link here! Or, if you want to help us keep the lights on you can sponsor us on Patreon. Every bit helps us!

Special thanks to our patrons!!

Justnopoint - Banes - RMccool - Abt_Nihil - Gunwallace - PaulEberhardt - Emma_Clare - FunctionCreep - SinJinsoku - Smkinoshita - jerrie - Chickfighter - Andreas_Helixfinger - Tantz_Aerine - Genejoke - Davey Do - Gullas - Roma - NanoCritters - Teh Andeh - Peipei - Digital_Genesis - Hushicho - Palouka - cheeko - Paneltastic - L.C.Stein - dpat57 - Bravo1102 - The Jagged - LoliGen - OrcGirl - Miss Judged - Fallopiancrusader - arborcides - ChipperChartreuse - Mogtrost - InkyMoondrop - Jgib99 - Hirokari - Orgivemedeath Ind - Mks Monsters - GregJ



PaulEberhardt at 10:28AM, July 3, 2023

It's always amazing how the decision of whether to skip or to keep a panel like this second one here can be so defining that it can sometimes change the whole story or at least its tone. May I add that in humour-oriented comics I consider carefully placed pauses like this comedic timing 101, even if it takes a lot of intuition and practice.

hpkomic at 11:42PM, July 1, 2023

Ah, Ozone, thanks. I'll be sure to update the link.

Ozoneocean at 11:12AM, July 1, 2023

Actually this will also link you to every Panel By Panel:

Roberto Fabris at 8:04AM, July 1, 2023

Thank you very much for your comment on that page and in particular on that panel. You really captured what I was trying to depict. It’s very flattering for me to gain such a toughtful attention.

Forgot Password
©2011 WOWIO, Inc. All Rights Reserved Mastodon