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Simply put, movies have this so much easier. Suspense in films, while still a challenge, gets a major advantage because it operates in real time. The director has control of everything the viewer sees and the amount of time it takes to see it. I don’t want to confuse this topic with horror, because horror is quite different. It relies on many of the same sets of tricks, but what it relies a lot more on its visual scares of horrific imagery. My personal favorite movie, Jaws, was changed forever when Spielberg decided to turn the movie into a Hitchcock like thriller instead of a monster movie.
I’m much more of a fan of suspense than horror. I love the art of building tension and energy in a scene. Another trait is it generally a rule of thumb that less is more. In Jaws you don’t even really see the shark until the final third of the movie. It’s really more scary to me.
But how do you do this well in comics? Honestly, I’m still working to figure it out, but if I could be so bold, this is what I would like to be known for. Suspense in comics, and doing them well. In comics you have to break time and space down in the beats you choose to display. You can achieve some of this effect you see in movies by showing actions repeating, slowing out the actions and building the tension. This isn’t something you see a lot of in American comics. Our tradition is more along the lines of action to action to visual storytelling. Something you see more of in Jack Kirby’s work.
With Adamsville I am aiming to do something I think is particularly challenging. Making a suspense comic, for all ages. So I’ve gone into everything I know about how this works in comics and film to try and make a book that pulls this all off… And if safe for your young ones.
This scene is one where I spent some time really working towards that feeling of suspense over horror.
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