Friday Archive Dive: Don’t Look into the Camera
Today’s dive into the Webcomics.com Archive comes from last year, when we discussed the overused approach of drawing a character looking directly at the reader.
Upon delivering a line, either the speaker or the character being spoken to looks directly out of the panel, into the eyes of the person reading the comic.
In film and TV, this is generally avoided. And I’m careful to say “generally” because I know full well that some TV series (most notably BBC’s “The Office”) use it to tremendous effect.
And there are times when I can justify using it as a cartoonist.
Once in a blue moon.
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