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Panel By Panel: Our First Scavenger Hunt

hpkomic at 3:37PM, May 5, 2023

Hello everyone, and welcome to Panel by Panel, a periodic exploration of comic panels around The Duck. We'll be getting back to panel analysis in the coming weeks, but for my return to writing after a brief health break, I want to do that challenge I discussed some time ago.

We're doing a scavenger hunt! Or, you could add today's chosen panel style to one of your upcoming updates. But what is the panel in question?

We'll be working from “Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work,” an iconic assembly of comic panels that tend to be particularly iconic in comic storytelling. Cloud Four has a larger write-up on them, but I also have the panels here for your reference.

The specific panel we'll be working with for our first scavenger hunt will be the full figure-open panel, as seen below. Specifically, we are looking for a panel that emphasizes a full figure with minimal background elements or completely outside what we might consider the boundary of a traditional panel. Essentially, we're looking for a panel that equates to an illustration of the character in full, and that is about it…

Your task is to click around various comics here on the Duck and link what you find in the comments. I want to see how common this panel style is among the comics on site. I'd like to be able to do a roundup later to promote a bunch of comics here on the site while also illustrating the principles of why the panel style works.

I know I am asking a lot, but I think we can all really benefit a lot from something like this. What do you think, though? I'll be clicking around myself, but I hope we can further team up on this sort of thing. I have been learning a lot from this myself.

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skyangel at 4:09PM, May 6, 2023

This is very nostalgic for me because I first saw the sheet above about 12 years ago when a fellow Ducker HarryQ shared it with me. Out of all the panel suggestions though I think you have chosen one of the hardest to find! I can't recall ever having used that idea myself and I've spent an hour treasure hunting this and only come up with one! A very nice usage by Nightmare Lunatic on the comic Odd Days with a portrayal of a child who has big dreams about being grown up. It's use in the last panel really emphasises how deflated the character feels at facing reality.

marcorossi at 7:39AM, May 6, 2023

Also this at panel 3:

marcorossi at 7:37AM, May 6, 2023

marcorossi at 7:37AM, May 6, 2023 delete My homework: (panel 4)

Stahlberg at 2:06AM, May 6, 2023

Cool, I did one (page 38) :) At least I think that's what Wally meant. I'll search in other comics now

Ozoneocean at 1:38AM, May 6, 2023

Oh no, Homework D: I'll keep this in mind for when I do the feature this week! Welcome back man ^_^

marcorossi at 1:27AM, May 6, 2023

Do you mean a panel with an open full fugure wherever, a page that opens with a full figure, or a chapter/scene that opens with a full figure?

lothar at 5:11PM, May 5, 2023

This is a great idea! I'll keep an eye out for such a panel. Btw, I used to have that Wally Wood 22 panels printed out and on my desk for years.

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