Breakin’ Some Eggs: My Morning Comic Diary

So I’m learning all about relationships in comics… like the relationship between one image to another, one frame to the next, and text to image. I’ve kept a comics diary over the past week. One page a day. Just quick unpolished drawings, each one to demonstrate one type of relationship. If you are interested in making comics, you will find these definitions helpful. Everyone else… just enjoy the comics. Definitions are from the class.

Page one: Action to Action – This relationship is represented when a small amount of time is paired with a large action between panels.


Page two: Interdependent – When the text and image combine to convey an idea that neither would convey alone. (I found myself doing this, fondly recalling my mom hanging over the coffee pot each morning as if sheer will would make it percolate faster.)


Page three: Parallel – When the text and image don’t seem to relate in any meaningful way.


Page four: Subject to Subject – This relationship is found anytime the “camera” shifts from one subject to another within the same scene.


Page five: Aspect to Aspect – These relationships are often found in manga and are present when no time at all passes between panels and the reader is shown quick shots or aspects of the setting or a scene. (This one is my favorite! )


These five relationships are only part of the fourteen presented in the class. This has turned out to be a fun way to learn more about comic craft. Interested? Go to If you don’t want graded, you can audit the classes for free! If you want a grade, it’s only $10/month. College credits may be earned for more $.

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  1. Fascinating! insight into variety useful to comic artists. Thanks for taking us along.
    Always wondered at variety of themes and how thought out. Love the different artistry.

    My husband was brought up in his grandparent’s home. Every night he and his little sister would curl up on opposite arms of his Grandpa’s soft chair while Grandpa Koch read them the comics. We never missed a night in our marriage not reading and discussing them. Fun!

    Once the newspaper dropped/changed some, moved the area in paper where they always were. He ended up with editor calling him and asking, “ALL THIS? over COMICS?”

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      Growing up, my Sundays after 12:00 Mass were spent on the sofa, with my dad reading Peanuts and any other comic I might find funny. I remember always asking him to read Prince Valiant and others that were more like graphic novel strips. He would start those with “I know you’re not going to find this funny, but I’ll read it to you anyway…” and half way through I’d stop him and go play.

      And weren’t comics great back then? They were huge, compared to todays comics, and they took up two or more entire pages. Artists could really put some detail into each frame and tell more story. It’s a shame what limits the newspapers put on comics artists today.

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