Well, for today, I thought that I’d talk very briefly about one of my favourite types of scenes to use in comics – I am, of course, talking about montage scenes.
Like with a montage in a TV show or a movie, each panel of a montage scene in a comic shows something different happening in a different location. They kind of look a bit like this:
One of the first reasons why montage scenes are so fun to make is because they add some much-needed variety to comics. If you’ve ever made a comic of any kind, then you probably know what I’m talking about here.
Even if yor comic includes really interesting characters, a fascinating story and/or lots of humour, drawing the same characters and settings over and over again can get at least slightly boring.
So, montage scenes allow you to take a bit of a break and to draw something new and interesting for a few panels. As such, montage scenes can be a great way to either get your comic started or to renew your own interest in it during the times when it’s going slowly.
Not only that, since each scene in your montage scene should ideally be something dramatic, this means that – for example – you can start your comic with some action using a montage scene or you can liven up a slightly dull part of your comic using a montage.
However, whilst it can be interesting to include a few non-dramatic panels in your montage scene, it can also ruin the montage slightly – as shown by this page from one of my short comics from earlier this year:
Another great thing about montage scenes in comics is that they allow you to show your readers a large amount of background information in a relatively short time – since each panel shows something different happening in a different location, you can cover a lot of the backstory very quickly and in a way that will grab your audience’s attention.
Finally, montages can also be a surprisingly easy way to add some comedy to your comic. All you have to do is to come up with a few vaguely absurd and/or funny scenes and then collect them together in a montage.
This can save you from having to think of a set-up for each joke or being limited by the context of the rest of your story. However, you’ll probably have to come up with some kind of reason – which makes sense in the context of your story – for including one of these comedic montage scenes.
For example, a comic that I posted on here in late July/early August starts with the main characters watching several different TV channels:
Sorry about the ludicrously short and basic article today, but I hope that it was interesting 🙂