Roger Ebert hosted for years a "shot at a time
" session, examining a film
with audiences and allowing viewers to ask for the film to be stopped
so a scene could be dissected. This approach appealed to Heroes
Discussion Group leader Andy Mansell, who was able to convince Mark
Waid and George Pérez to dissect "The Brave and the Bold" #4 (in which
Supergirl and Lobo team-up) for an hour last Sunday afternoon at HeroesCon
Before the panel even started, Pérez goodnaturedly predicted that
the panel could go one of two ways. "It'll either be very informative
or be like 'Mystery Science Theatre 3000,'" he said. Fortunately for both participants and attendees, the panel proved quite informative.
With only an hour to dissect the issue, Mansell, Waid and Pérez
fully conceded that they would not be able to address each and every
page or panel in "The Brave and the Bold" #4. In introducing the panel,
Mansell wanted attendees to appreciate two factors out of the issue in
particular: 1) Waid's sense of humor and 2) that Pérez "typically
strives for excitement rather than drama
in his fight scenes, he draws fights in explosive individual panels,
each one giving us a visually exciting moment of the action. Each one
virtually disconnected from the scenes in the panels before and after."
Mansell was quoting R.C. Harvey's "The Art of the Comic Book."
Waid spoke about the process going into the "Brave & Bold"
issues. "A lot of times I will work full script. George and I actually
started out doing that on the first issue of the series. We got about
halfway through and we both realized that was a foolish waste of
George's storytelling abilities. My feeling is always when I'm working
with an artist, if you see a better way to pace it, a better way to
break it down, a better way of telling the story, by all means it's a
collaborative process, it's not my story -- it's our story."
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