Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in Digital, Thrillbent | 8 Comments

Okay, now it’s heating UP.

THIS is what gets me charged. THIS is why Thrillbent exists. To show what digital comics can do and to pass along to others what we learn as we go. This is one of my proudest moments yet:

I’ve been praising Yves “Balak” Bigerel’s talents from the start.  Far as I’m concerned, he’s the artist who Broke The Code when it came to defining digital comics, and what I know, I got from him. So I asked him to take one of my short stories I’d done years ago for print and storyboard it out as a digital comic, taking whatever liberties he needed to and adapting it freely. What he delivered is AMAZING. Better yet, he sent an annotated version as well. So if you have any interest in doing digital comics (or doing them better), go NOW NOW NOW to read “Cthulhu Calls.” Compare my original script to what Balak did and, more importantly, read his annotations on WHY he made the choices he made. NOW NOW NOW.

Then, as I am, thank Thrillbent’s Lori and Ann Hess for their hard work in assembling this.


  1. Steve Broome
    June 8, 2012

    Good stuff, this addresses a point I’ve made before about how motion comics aren’t logical because comics have the ability to imply motion already. This takes it a step further and discusses creating an actual in between.

  2. Scott Story
    June 8, 2012

    I’m used to the old panel width guideline, where the time that passes in the panel is somewhat synonomous with how thin or wide the panel is (thin panels strobe past quickly, while wide panels have a lingering quality.) This experiment really illustrates for me that in digital comics, where comic panels are individual in time but not space, the number of clicks is better indicator of how much time is passing. I’m sure on some level I automatically got that, especially as a reader, but this really brought that point to the forefront.

    The subtle changes in a static background, like Nocturnal’s blinking beat in Insufferable, are also really show here to great and extended effect in Balak’s layout.

    Well, I will say this is all a lot to take in for an old guy like myself, yet I can think of few things in comics that excite me more right now.

  3. Solomon Mars
    June 9, 2012

    i really like the changes. classic balak. panel over lay and animatic cycling.
    that’s what i learned from him and some other people on deviant art back in early 2009.
    it’s why i’ve been doing my digital comics pretty much the same way.
    i’ve learned and grown over the years, as an artist, writer, and in my understanding of layout and directing the flow of frame progression.

    i’m not a huge fan of over lay, because if it happens too many times or falls in the wrong place, the whole frame can get a bit claustrophobic. but over all i like it.

    what balak has done is what i was saying in an earlier post you made where you were talking about bells and whistles and i wanted you to define those terms, because i didn’t think they were necessary. what balak is doing is about all you need in a digital comic, simply a new way to guide the reader experience and create a greater perspective to further enhance immersion

    i really like the annotations on the one version as well.
    very awesome post.

  4. Reilly Brown
    June 9, 2012

    Man, that was great! Wonderful use of the digital experience to improve the telling of the story. The commentary was very very insightful as well.
    Can’t wait to see more of this!

  5. Joseph Gauthier
    June 10, 2012

    This is terrific! I’ve been learning how this form of digital comic is done, and this is a huge step in the right direction.
    Will the annotated version of the comic be available for download?

    • Mark Waid
      June 10, 2012

      No plans to release the annotated comic for download at the moment–out of context, it doesn’t stand alone as well, and honestly, I like drawing people back to the site for its teaching-tools capabilities. But maybe with the next one….

  6. regim hotelier galati
    June 17, 2012

    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post seem to be running off the screen in Chrome. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The design look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon. Kudos

  7. regim hotelier ploiesti
    June 26, 2012

    Fun post, I actually had a good time reading it, keep doing all the good efforts.


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