SB: Initially, I read “Fox Bunny Funny” because it didn’t have any words and I thought, well, I can read this quickly.
AH: That’s an opposite reaction from a lot of people. People I know have hesitated to read it because it has no words. I think that has intimidated some people. They feel like without words, they won’t really know what’s going on, it’ll be hard to follow, and they hesitate for that reason. I get both reactions.
SB: That’s funny, considering it’s a visual medium. With comics, I get annoyed with too much narration, too many thought bubbles.
AH: Most of my work does have dialog, but I do tend to stay away from narrative blocks and it’s not like a real decision that I made. I think more in dramatic terms as opposed to depiction and description, I like the acting to tell the story. You wind up laying books out a little differently when you include narration you tend to lay out stories so that each panel is its own little illustrated page. If you leave out the narration, the panel to panel transitions become more important and the acting has to carry it a little more and that interests me.
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