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Explaining Decompression in Comics

rosalarian:

Man, I didn’t even know stuff like this was a “controversy” in comics. Very interesting.

Hmm, i think they mean meandering or poor pacing more than compressed or not.  Part of the reason I dropped manga was the ones I tried, at costs higher than a new paperback book, nothing happened, not character dev  or action.  I like stories without superhero combat, that was why I loved the old JLA/JSA for the pages before they got to the often lame main plot.  When I did a lot of RPG we sometimes went weeks with no combat and the DM would wander off to put something inthe oven.It should be like many things, in moderation.  Action substitutes for RL impinging on the characters with powers.  And talk/char dev can get boring or stuck in ruts.  Compression depends on if the story hace enough description in the art to keep things moving, but depends heavily on familiarity with genre and character.  A very decompressed story as a #1 is an epic FAIL.  Like so much of art, some can break the rules with flair, and others fail in following them.  I expect plot of subplot to advance, combat is optional as even super heroes are not in fights >6 hrs a day? that leaves a lot of life to talk about and show.

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    Really interesting stuff! I ignore the east v. west set up though. That slant is mostly just generalizations, but...
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    Hmm, i think they mean meandering or poor pacing more than compressed or not. Part of the reason I dropped manga was the...
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    I’ve always thought of it as storyboarding for animation. The reader has a “frames per second” count and I need to...
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    While the East versus West slant is somewhat legitimate, it’s not universally applicable. What I find interesting about...
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    How about ten chapters in a manga dedicated to battles? Twenty chapters? Thirty chapters? I don’t even make sense.
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