Saturday, June 12, 2010

Jeff Smith's Bone pt.3

Smith sucks readers in with the cute Bone creatures and the comic aspect of the tale early, and then slowly turns the narrative toward the more epic and fantastical tale he is telling. This is not a simple funny anthropomorphic tale, but a traditional fantasy with hidden royalty and swords and evil spirits. And somehow, Smith manages to keep a good balance between the heavy, darker aspects of his story and the comic moments. He never forgets to temper the darker sections of the narrative with some levity. And, in the same way Smith utilized the comic page to relate his comic timing, he also understands how to use it to create tension and dread in his audience. A prime example from issue #16 comes when Thorn, Gran’ma, and Fone Bone are skulking through the rainy forest in the dead of night trying to evade the rat creatures:

This is a brilliant use of the comic page to convey the emotion he wants readers to feel.

Smith can do creepy too:

Smith also takes everything about the comic page into account when crafting his stories. Like Dave Sim, who may be the master of this, Smith utilizes his lettering to convey emotions in pages like this one:


Jonathan Smithies said...

Smith’s bone story is looking so horrible and the very drastic for the read that everywhere on the story the bone are to see. That heavy and horror story I will never read again and bestdissertations for amongst of the story I will read.

Michael McCoy said...

This is such a horrible story I ever read or write essay on this story that was the hilarious moment of my life to wrote about this. So I decided to assign this work to buy essay because they are good at their work and cheaper.