Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Working titles and Fourth Walls

was talking with Wilson today about that enigmatic core of storytelling, the fourth wall. I was talking to him about my latest project (Working title: Solis) and he asked me if i had ever broken the fourth wall in one of my comics. The fourth wall, if you're not familiar with the theory, is the invisible barrier between the audience and the actual characters in the story. This lack of interaction is meant to help with the suspension of disbelief, an important aspect of storytelling. You know for a fact that kids don't cast magic spells and fly around on broomsticks (apart from in my neighbourhood) but you suspend your disbelief to enjoy the tale. 

I remembered two times where i used the fourth wall, back in high school when i was working on a comic called Nameless and Aimless. Which i love by the way, i still laugh at the jokes, this is a good sign. At one point, i set fire to my room (another story for another day) and the dialogue went something like this: 

Hat guy: man, this comic books smells like smoke! 

Armor guy: yeah, the author set his room on fire, almost lost us and all. 

Hat guy: what? why would he do that? 

The Author walks into the frame, waving his arms angrily at the two.

Author: guys! you're not sticking to the script!

Hat guy: you almost set us on fire! 

The Author takes out an eraser.

Author: now, are you guys going to behave or am i going to have to use...the eraser?

Armor guy punches the Author in the face. 

Yeah, i had fun in high school :P 

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