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Return of the Knave
Drink It Black
Saturday, 13 September 2008
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Now Playing: Robots in Disguise

As much as comics and games have a symbiotic relationship, each borrowing and profiting from the other, I don't know that extends to saying they have interchangeable talents working on them.

What would you have gotten Kurt Schaffenberger to do, drawing in games? His Superman art is, strangely for an action character, suited to depictions of down home folk. It was an era that a modern Lois was referring to when she mock derisively called Clark 'Smallville'.

There again, there will always be work for skilled and versatile artists and Schaffenberger was of the old school who worked where he could find it. Comics loss would have been games's gain if he had been young enough to engage with the fledgling behemoth.

And as for writers, they observe similarity of plots for both media. A protagonist making his/her way through the landscape, encountering obstacles, battling adversaries. The 'story' is not one with an excess of diversions or personal reflection. But then think of Bruce Jones run on Incredible Hulk. Another overt action character here used in introspective psychodramas unsuited to a gaming scenario. 

There's probably even a school of thought that says that the best characters in games are the ones with cool powers or who operate within a challenging and interesting terrain

 More the characters of comics than the characters of books.

 

And still some things don't translate.

Posted by berko_wills at 2:21 AM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 21 September 2008 5:57 PM NZT
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