We’ve created, and gotten a generation of people fluent in reading, an entire visual language that grew out of print.
These days however, much, if not most of our work isn’t being received in print. It’s being received digitally, on a screen.
While, just like bringing drama from the stage to film, a lot of what’s been learned from print comics is compatable with comics on a screen. But, again like the transition from stage to film, there’s a lot to discover as well.
Some of us look at all these un-tried experiments and are afraid of becoming the next William Castle with his buzzer seats, we’re afraid of producing work that ends up being more gimmick than substance, but not everyone needs to take things to that extreme.
Sure, some of us can go off and try bold experiments (which may result in lasting innovations like surround sound or splash pages) but the rest of us can try to be more like Hitchcock, carefully considering the situation we’re already in, as well as the context that the reader is in, the tools we have, and take advantage the opportunities they bring us.
We’ve got pictures in sequence on a screen to work with. What can we make them do?