Comics Are Great! 01 – Syncopated Writing
It’s the first episode of the Comics Are Great! podcast, a new show where I’ll be discussing with various people who make comics just why comics are so great.
There’s no one better to start the new series with than Dan Mishkin, not only because he’s the inspiration of this site’s name, but because he’s an inexhaustible source of insight and enthusiasm on the craft of comics making. Dan has been writing comics for over 20 years, working on titles such as Superman and Wonder Woman. He co-created the DC characters Blue Devil and Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld (the latter of which is one of the finest examples you’re likely to find of pure comics). He’s written many more comics since (check out his entry on Comic Book DB for more info).
Dan and I sit down to discuss the role of writing visually when creating comics. Throughout our discussion we highlight the importance of rhythms in visual storytelling, how words and pictures syncopate to deliver story, some thoughts on how writer/artist collaborations should work, and the special elasticity that words have in the comics medium.