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Joe is Japanese - MM pg18 by Inkthinker Joe is Japanese - MM pg18 by Inkthinker
More old pages for Joe is Japanese, these represent some of the very first pages where I really got to play around with fight action, and I had the freedom (to a point) to do it as I liked. Here we witness the semi-retired Mista Mountain tear through a bunch of chimpira train thugs along the Yamanote line.

I'm not usually one to get into frenetic page layouts with lots of overlap and so forth, I think if you use that technique a lot it loses its effect, and tends to result in chaotic compositions. Sometimes though, a bit of chaos is just what you need. So as the action ramps up the panels get bunched together, and we're only glimpsing cuts of motion, and it gets more and more so until we turn the page and we get a double-page spread based on this old frame from the animated bits we did:



Which makes for a nice breather.

I tried to lay out the action such that the motion leads you into the next panel, but that's a sort of oddly subjective statement... there is no "motion" that the reader does not imagine for themselves based on what they're reading. If I do my job well, then it's easy to see the action, but if not it's just a mess.



Illustrated in Manga Studio EX v.3 on a venerable Cintiq 18. ©2009 Humouring the Fates, Inc.

The Fates is irregularly updating the Joe is Japanese comics site with new pages, if you haven't seen 'em check it out. I think there's an RSS feed tag that can tell you when new pages are put on the site.
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NoirZone Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Like these action pages man they works very well!
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Dieman Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy shit this fight gets BAD ASS and SO OVER THE TOP... or did it actually go down like this!? xD
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I never know anymore.
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