The 9 Panel Grid
Hello and welcome to a series of posts I want to do about the use and art behind particular paneling styles that are common in comic book work. In the several tasks that are performed in the creation of comic books, there is one that falls between story boarding and layouts on a page. And that is the the task of creating a visual language through the aesthetic of each of the boxes that contains the images and text for the page; Paneling.
This post will focus on the form of 9 panels occupying the page, the grid feature that it creates is the result of the panels being congruent and equidistant from each other. It's a style
Most people know me from my comic book Razor-Man, but that's not the first comic book I published. In 2013, I was still studying at Rhodes University in South Africa where the comic book scene was still grassroots but the political scene was exploding. It wasn't an opportunity that I could afford to miss.
I began drafting the script and storyboards for a politically centered super hero comic set in none other than South Africa. While I was still new to comic book writing, I had enough drive to power through many growing pains in the creative development process which was all alien to me; churning out what, by current comic book standards was a pretty half decent script. The problem
Comexposed has done an amazing job of spring boarding the local comic book community into the reach of people interested in comics, and this has fostered into the start of the comic book industry that will continue to grow in the months and years to come.
In 2015 they hosted their Comexposed event that saw digital artists, animators, comic books, cosplay and all the essential elements that keep any geek and nerd convention afloat. This year they decided to help the comic book section one step further by introducing an event called Comic Book Day! At present, it has no ties with the international Free Comic Book Day, but we'll have to wait for next year to see if that changes.
So this is it, my website designed to be the platform for my artwork and other creative endeavors. It will update you on my new projects, the comics I follow, and promote just about anything that I'm involved in closely regarding creativity, design, art and even just discussions that I will have with myself and or my peers.
For those of you that don't know me, I'm a Zimbabwean comic book artist and writer. I joined the fledgling industry at the start of 2016, however I have been working on local comic books for far longer than that. In 2015, Comexposed a Zimbabwean comic book and creative collective; called for local artists and writers to submit work to their comic