One Soul is a graphic novel from Ray Fawkes published by Oni Press, It's really, really good. And it has the unique narrative trick of giving eighteen characters a panel each on a double page eighteen panel spread and following their lives, intersecting thematically and physically until they die…
At which point, their panel turns to black from the remainder of the story until all the panels are black.
It's a really good trick. And so, it seems, think Warren Ellis and Declan Shavey in today's Moon Knight. Where we have each of eight characters taking space on an eight panel grid, their story being told from page to page.
Until they get shot and die, their panel being replaced with white, and the text of a narrator until they all reach their fate.
Still, it's not the only comic book masterpiece being referenced in this week's Moon Knight. Remember a certain opening scene with Rorschach in Watchmen?
In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences or works of the lightbox. We trust you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself? If you are unable to do so, please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swipe File doesn't judge, it's interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously, as if their time has just come. The Swipe File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal who originally ran this column, as well as the now defunct Swipe Of The Week website.
Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics in London, hosting a very special comic-based class on Dynamic Figure Drawing with Michael Golden. There are very limited tickets left…