Joe Kessler is a cartoonist who recently graduated from Camberwell College of Arts and Art Director of Breakdown Press comic publisher. I recently attended a talk when he visited AUB during the last unit and I really loved his ‘Windowpane’ comics. I’ve never been a huge fan of comic books, but was really drawn to the colour palettes and drawing styles throughout this series; I was such a fan of the books that I ordered two of them for myself, as well as giving one as a birthday present.
These are my favourite pages from ‘Windowpane’ and ‘Windowpane 2’ with my annotations captioned.
This sequence doesn’t include any words, but instead uses symbols to represent speech. I like the use of framing with edge to edge images and absence of a black outline.
Some pages like these are full page images to accentuate location or mood. I like the use of raw brush marks as it makes the scene look lively.
Sequences such as this have a simple structure, and the mostly same sized frames means the reader is not distracted and can easily read the frames.
The lack of words makes this sequence all the more effective and atmospheric.
This sequence doesn’t include any words, but instead uses symbols to represent speech. I like the use of framing with edge to edge images and absence of a black outline. The grainy texture of the risograph printing adds another dimension to the images.
This spread is really unusual and contemporary. I love the lively mark making of this image.
Pages like this are a good break in the sequence and make interesting use of the risograph colour layering.
The use of repetition is a nice way to gradually build up a scene…
… but here they turn expectations on its head as the sequence ends in an anti-climax with the painting being covered up.
Even though a lot of the stories in these books contain words, they are a series of unique and interesting ideas portrayed through a variety of techniques and visual languages. They also play on readers’ expectations and predictions to introduce humour and wit into the narratives.