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


How Goest the WAR?

Thanks to everyone who helped me in the webcomic WAR! by doing things to promote Epic Fail.  As you know I joined the contest two weeks late and was therefore at a disadvantage.  With your help, I not only made up that disadvantage but overtook everyone else in the game.  At the end of the resource gathering phase I was sitting pretty at 4930 crystal points!

The comics have been embroiled in battle for about a week now.  Here is a list of the fallen:

Bitter Tea Studios
Capes N Babes
Clan of The Cats
Diablito Del Ring
Doomed Media
The Glass urchin (whom I took down personally)
Unconscious Ink
You Me and Steve

I have avoided being a target… until now!  Several sharks in the pool are collectively turning on me.  But I’m not going down without a fight, and if I do I fully intend to take my enemies with me!

That said if I win the WAR! I promise to:

1) Post a picture of myself in a bra & panties (bribery is such an ugly word, I prefer ‘incentive’)
2) Create a celebratory animated video
3) Post a bonus page of Epic Fail related to the WAR!

In the meantime check out this interview with me over at the Soulless Machine. It has pictures and everything!