Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ff/Iron Man: Big in Japan 2 page 18

This page has a few things in it that I wanted to point out.
First of all, the sounds, or emanations, coming from the instrument that Reed is blowing are expressed in the same orderly diagram-style lettering that I talked about a couple of days ago. Though they are not letters of the alphabet, they are something that is clearly understandable by someone. It is not a vague "Oom-pah-pah" that he is broadcasting; it is a message in some seemingly ancient runic script. I have very little experience with comic books other than Seth's, so I don't really know how other comic book artists express this sort of thing. Yet, when an artist wants to show that something is inexplicable, I would think that usually he would choose to make it soft-edged and fuzzy. Not Seth. He made up an alphabet, or alphabet-looking characters, and had them spilling out of Reed's party horn expanding trumpet like alphabet soup letters pouring out of a box.
In the lower panel we see the cow-faced Grogg as he listens to the horn that we see Reed blowing. But Grogg responds to the sounds as they pour onto him from the panel above. Seth used the restrictions and freedoms of the comic book medium to show in one graceful arch both the loudness and forcefulness of the sound coming from the horn, and the monster's reaction to it, as if the syllables of sound were falling on to his head and giving him a headache.
Also in the lower panel, there are a couple of billboards. One says, amusingly, "Buy our ideas". The other says "Seth". Both feature noseless people, as though ever since Vertigo Pop Tokyo the nose had gone out of fashion in Japan.

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