Beware of Panel Dopplegangers

Every once in a while I see a script where the writer has something like;
Panel 1: yadda yadda yadaa
Panel 2: Same as panel 1 BUT “slight change that doesn’t have much to do about anything”
Panel 3: Same as the other two, BUT “another slight change, I just really like this panel setup”

Keep in mind any time you’re running similar panel setups back to back, you’re setting up a “potential road block”.

Similar panel setups can have a very static affect, breaking the reader’s engagement in the story.

They can also throw the page off visually and complicate an otherwise straight forward page… For example, let’s say your page requires 6 panels, 2 over 2 over 2 and you set up 3 similar panels. Got it?

Generally, reserve similar panel setups for showing the passage of time or a specific action/movement. If you’re doing them for something else, stop and make sure it’s necessary to the story.▪

About the Author —
Nick Macari is a full-time freelance story consultant, developmental editor and writer, working primarily in the independent gaming and comic markets. His first published comic appeared on shelves via Diamond in the late 90’s. Today you can find his comic work on comixology, amazon and in select stores around the U.S.  Visit NickMacari.com for social media contacts and news on his latest releases.

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