Whenever anyone talks about my comics they invariably mention my decorative frames. I decorate my frames because I want my audience to notice them. I want them to be noticed -
- to subvert the idea of frames as simply a tool to propel narrative;
- to remind the reader that someone made the comic (they're obviously drawn);
- to remind the reader that they're reading a comic (they are impossible to ignore);
- to add to my visual excessiveness;
- to aid the energy and rhythm of the comic;
- because they are beautiful.
I am going to share some other comic panels that also have noticeable frames; frames that do something in addition to controlling a story. I will not speculate as to why these comic-makers do what they do. I will just say that I love it.
NB. The following artists all consider their work to be comics so I do too. Also they're in no particular order. Also please forgive my shitty photos.
Katrina Witch Club
From Mandy (all the 'girl' comics have rad panels)
Frame-related dreamy sigh.