Break­ing borders

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Like any­thing else, break­ing borders should only be done to en­hance im­pact and aid the flow of panel to panel sto­ry­telling. This page shows a dream-like se­quence writ­ten by Peter Mil­li­gan where the char­ac­ter sees his wife float­ing above him mo­ments be­fore he dies. There are some rules I fol­low when break­ing borders. First, bor­der breaks should fol­low the rules of fore­ground/back­ground/ mid­dle­ground. Used cor­rectly, this can cre­ate a sort of 3D movie ef­fect. I wanted the wife in panel three to break borders, but since she’s in the mid­dle­ground I had to have the head in the fore­ground at the bot­tom pop out of the panel. Sec­ond, ob­jects break­ing borders should only spill over into con­sec­u­tive pan­els. Here, the char­ac­ter’s hel­met in panel one leads the eye right to panel two, the wife’s hair takes us from panel two down her legs point­ing at the soldier at the bot­tom of panel three, and her left el­bow leads to panel four. If you break the bor­der, break a whole lot of it! If it’s half-assed, the ef­fect will be weak and it’ll look like you sim­ply ran out of room. Be bold!

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