jueves, mayo 24, 2007

LO QUE MARCA LA DIFERENCIA


If asked for one thing, I would point to the first three pages of the Secret of the Unicorn. These pages recount a straightforward scene at a flea market, but they also display a masterful demonstration of discrete graphic storytelling, in which Hergé shifts between highly detailed pictures and ones with lots of empty space. If all these three pages contained were pictures with elaborate background imagery, they would probably feel so heavy to the eye as to impede the otherwise clear storytelling. But, at the same time, a scene taking place in a crowded flea market requires elaborate imagery to convey an authentic atmosphere. Hergé meets this challenge in the most subtle yet effective way: he alternates between pictures with and without background imagery. And this alternation is determined by a clear storytelling principle: when Tintin is talking to Thompson and Thomson the background disappears! But when one of them turns around and looks out – the world reappears! God is truly in the details…
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Thomas Thorhauge explica a Matthias Wivel en The Metabunker por qué Hergé era tan bueno. Hay más ejemplos en el largo post que he enlazado, a lo largo de una conversación mantenida entre ambos.