Jeff Lemires Flip-Comicbook that meets in the Center

Ich bin bei Comics ja echt ein bisschen raus, aber das hier hat mir grade sehr die Augenbrauen nach oben gezogen, und zwar nicht nur, weil ich ohnehin schon ein großer Fan von Jeff Lemire (Essex County, Sweet Tooth, Animal Man, The Nobody) bin. Sein neues Comic Trillium funktioniert in zwei Richtungen und wird von vorne nach hinten und hinten nach vorne gelesen. Das macht es noch nicht zu einem Palindrom, aber fast. Außerdem: Es gibt schon seit langem die Unart der Verlage, Auszüge anderen Serien aus Promo für auf die Rückseite von Comics zu drucken. Ich lese in Lemires Trillium auch ein bisschen subtile Kritik daran, kann aber sein, dass ich da überinterpretiere, was weiß ich. Was ich weiß: Trillium steht ab sofort auf meiner Must Read-List. Fast-Palindrom-Layout als narratives Element, Genius!

Hier der Absatz von Bleeding Cool, der mir grade die Augenbrauen hochgezogen hat:

Trillium is pure comic alchemy; it incorporates the format of the single issues into the storytelling! Yes, flipbooks have been done before, but this time both stories lead to the center where the staples are. That is where or to young lovers meet, and the story from either cover is that character’s POV up until they meet. Strip away the crazy past and future, soldier and scientist elements and this story is still freaking awesome.

Uproxx hat ein Interview mit Lemire, hier die Stelle bezüglich des „narrativen Layouts“:

Gamma Squad: How far along were you before you decided you were laying out the book as a two-sided comic? Was that there from the beginning?

Lemire: It kind of was there from the beginning. It was just a matter of finding out whether DC would do it or not. They were really into it and worked with us to make it work. It just seemed natural for the story, juxtaposing two stories, especially in the first issue. It was also a good way to make it stand out, because there are so many new comics coming out every month. Especially if it’s not just a gimmick, but something that works with the story.

Gamma Squad: Were there any layout challenges in that design?

Lemire: I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but both stories are perfect mirrors of each other. The panel count and the layout of the page are the same on each page of both stories. Every page is identical in layout and panel count. That took a lot of work, making sure that their stories matched up perfectly. It took a lot of trial and error. That’s where writing and drawing your own material is a real benefit, because if I was trying to work with an artist to coordinate that, or working with a writer to coordinate that, it would have been challenging. If something wasn’t quite matching, I could change the script!

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Jeff Lemires „Essex County“ wird verfilmt
The Nobody: Großartiges Comic-Mashup von „Twin Peaks“ und Wells „The Invisible Man“
Sweet Tooth: Bambi meets Mad Max
Sweet Tooth Vol. 2: In Captivity
Sweet Tooth Vol. 3: Animal Armies
Sweet Tooth Vol. 4: Endangered Species