Volume 4 Page 96
Posted April 30, 2018 at 12:01 am

Panel 1: In the background, behold the visual tragedy of using those highly stylized and artificial “window reflection lines” to convey glass. As this old-school, frankly lazy riff is normally seen at 45-degree angles when facing the glass directly (as seen on an earlier page), I wound up having to draw ’em at different angles for perpendicular panes of glass. I would’ve been much better off just discarding these goofy-ass cartoonist clichés entirely; such are the wages of reusing another artist’s shortcuts, as I’m pretty sure I first borrowed these back in my Kubert School days from Rumiko Takahashi (Maison Ikkoku, Urusei Yatsura, Ranma 1/2). Whatever Takahashi’s many virtues as an artist, her approach to backgrounds isn’t one of her strong suits, whether drawn by herself or an assistant.

Panel 6: Definite Overdialoguing Alert on this panel, but forgivable because the flurry of word balloons does serve well to convey the tenor of Emp’s incessant wheedling. 

-Adam Warren

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