Monday, November 9, 2009

Flash: Time Flies page 18

Steve Kriozere meets Anton Musenda, who presents himself as another guy struggling with body issues, but who in reality has parasitical ulterior motives. His guise as a huge spider reveals his heart to the reader.

The claustrophobic setting is part of what makes this comic book less appealing to me than others of Seth's work, but it makes the reader feel--not just know intellectually--the tension in the story.

This page, like the last two we have looked at, is made up of four horizontal panels. Two of the panels show the same setting from the same point of view. Seth has used this device in a few places, to make the background still, in order to better show the movement of the characters through time. Since Time is a major player in this story, I am sure it seemed relevant to Seth to use as many ways as possible to show the movement of time: slowly, quickly, and inbetween.

Showing the movement of time was one of the first things Seth was interested in, in drawing comic books. Somehow making the reader experience time, rather than telling them about it, is one of the things that a comic book can do that a word book--even an illustrated one--cannot. This page from 1993 or -4 shows a very early example of this interest of his.
Seth was always interested in illustrating the mathematical factors of the world: how things work in extremes of time and space, obscure mathematical principles, what might happen at the far edge of the universe. A reader who shares his interest may pick up the math angle, but probably most will not.

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