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29 Panels That Always Work

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A Leif & Thorn redraw/update of Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work.

The classic version is great -- I've leaned on it a bunch of times over the years. Enough that I wasn't deliberately referencing it in any of these strips, just using a variety of layouts out of habit. But there are at least 7 other workhorse panel compositions, not in the original set, that I keep coming back to.

(Gold star for the first person who can name all the strips these came from.)


Tumblr: Reblog from here, don't repost.

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Solid ways to get some visual variety into your panels, even when the characters are just sitting around and talking for page after page. The first three rows are Wally Wood's original 22 panel layouts (with the words slightly modernized). The last row is a set of worthy additions. I've leaned on them during all kinds of long scenes, and they hold up every time.
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Klsw's avatar
That was fun! 
big head: leifandthorn.com/comic/level-u…
extreme closeup: leifandthorn.com/comic/only-90…
back of head, part of head: leifandthorn.com/comic/borrowi…
profile, no BG: leifandthorn.com/comic/the-sho…
white/patterned bg, dark foreground: leifandthorn.com/comic/fish-st…
open panel, complete object - car, plane: leifandthorn.com/comic/an-incr…
all black: leifandthorn.com/comic/only-90…
one big obejet, hand, gun, lamp, phone: leifandthorn.com/comic/summer-…
full figure - open panel: leifandthorn.com/comic/borrowi…
reverse silhouette on black or dark: leifandthorn.com/comic/only-90…
small figure - full bg: leifandthorn.com/comic/watchin…
depth: leifandthorn.com/comic/landsli…
downshot, cast shadows: leifandthorn.com/comic/time-an…
L-shape silhouette: leifandthorn.com/comic/borrowi…
diagram - eye level: leifandthorn.com/comic/the-sho…
side light, or top: leifandthorn.com/comic/summer-…
reflection: pretty sure this isn't out yet, the show must grow on, act I intermission?
frame: leifandthorn.com/comic/borrowi…
white or patterned bg, silhouette: leifandthorn.com/comic/the-per…
three stage: leifandthorn.com/comic/the-sho…
newspaper, website, tv screen: leifandthorn.com/comic/the-cal…
contrast: leifandthorn.com/comic/summer-…
long shot: leifandthorn.com/comic/time-an…
detail of setting, for flavor: leifandthorn.com/comic/borrowi…
overhead shot: leifandthorn.com/comic/summer-…
low angle: leifandthorn.com/comic/summer-…
frame centered on hands: leifandthorn.com/comic/summer-…
legs/feet: leifandthorn.com/comic/summer-…
from behind: leifandthorn.com/comic/summer-…
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I admit I didn't re-click all the links, but they're all from the right storylines, so I'm going to assume they're all correct! (Even the yet-to-be-published intermission, nicely done.)

...Got any sketch requests for the characters? This seems like a prize-giving occasion.
Klsw's avatar
I'll admit I didn't double check them, haha. 

While your easy to navigate and heavily tagged archive is a gift of itself, I'd love to see more of Sir Marula! Out of uniform if possible? 
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I should write a Marula storyline, I really should...and I do have the general plot-hook for one! But there are so many other narrative tracks I have to run down first.
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That's an interesting take 😁👍
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