Dialogue Free Comics Day

Today, May 14th, is ‘Dialogue Free Comics Day.’  It’s a challenge to create a silent comic, a mute comic, a comic where actions speak rather than words.  Talking heads can take a hike.  Show – Don’t tell!  Text, in the form of signs or sound effects are allowed however.

Conceived by Noel Curry of D. J. Bogtrotter to reaffirm comics as a primarily visual artform forty other webcomics decided to participate.

I think it’s a great idea! It’s easy to fall into the trap of explaining the story through dialogue rather than trusting the images.  The pictures in a comic need to be important otherwise they’re superfluous.  Creating a silent page is a great exercise.  They say a picture paints a thousand words which makes them capable of greater impact.  Some jokes are purely visual – they’re simply not funny in the telling.  And of course silence breaks all language barriers.

Saying nothing…sometimes says the most.” – Emily Dickinson

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