Alone by Chaboute

An inking masterclass that takes your breath away

Alone opens with a faraway shot of an ocean-scape. Waves move, break, and slap down over the surface. The lines are reminiscent of Herge’s Gillot 303 work, which in turn was a homage to Hokusai’s The Great Wave over Kanagawa. A bird appears over the horizon, far in the distance. Comics are often compared to movies, but Chaboute’s opening sequence, because of its use of the same rectangular panel, each the size of half a page, feels like sitting in a darkened theatre, maw opening for popcorn. Over proceeding panels the bird gets bigger and bigger. It is a seagull, and it lands on the railing of a lighthouse.

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I write about culture, books, and graphic design. Life goals include a graphic novel, and a hand stand.

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