MARVEL NARRATIVELY EFFICIENT WAY
I like drawing comics, y'all. Under any circumstances. Drawing comics under the constraints of a script and a prescribed page-length has been a really interesting experience. Left to my own devices, I tend to tell very simple stories
v e r y s l o w l y ,
drawing only a few panels per page and spreading the narrative burden so that no one panel is too overworked.
While a lot of fun for me, this method is really indulgent, inefficient, and not practical for most stories. Hawaiian Dick is a more complex narrative with a lot of characters, a LOT of dialogue, and a lot of environments with a limited page count. So it needs to be told in the most efficient way.
There are a lot more panels per page, and every panel I draw ends up bearing a good deal of narrative burden. This means that the panels need to work harder than they do in, say, THESEUS. Which means that I have to work a lot harder than I did with THESEUS. There's more spatial information to communicate, more characters, more environmental detail, more emotional nuance that has to be present from panel to panel.
Clay writes great dialogue, and keeping the reading order of the balloons clear and attractive while satisfying narrative requirements and compositional concerns is a new trick, as well.
Maybe the most important thing I've learned drawing Dick, though, is that 'good comics' isn't about good drawing, good composition, good color, or any such nonsense. It's all about the telling. It's about narrative clarity, mood, emotion, and pacing. Not that a little eye-candy ever hurt anyone. But it's not that important.
Anyway, it's been fun so far, and it only looks to get better. The story keeps expanding and improving, and I think we're gonna have some pretty good comics on our hands if I don't screw it up.
I do not mean to imply in any way that comics produced and published by Marvel Comics or it's parent company Disney are in any way narratively inefficient. Just making a li'l joke.