As a creative medium, comic books stem as a source of the most basic and influential forms of art. Not only do they tell a story, but they also show that story, being a combination of both visual and written storytelling. Some of the most famous comic books of the times can attest to that fame due to unique plots and visually attractive art that becomes ingrained in the collective unconscious one way or another. Black and white comics are a perfect example of this. While they lack the bright combination of colors most comics sometimes take for granted, black and white comics are nothing trivial.
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But despite becoming a phenomenon, beloved by comics fans and with a hugely popular TV adaptation, the series never made the jump to publishing in color - not because it couldn't, but because the black and white style was a conscious decision by its creators. A zombie fan from a young age, Robert Kirkman brought his love of the undead genre to comic books, honoring not just traditional gore and narrative themes, but even the creative aesthetic of past greats. Kirkman's series has gradually developed into a comic book known for its extremes of gore and violence, and yet working without color has helped avoid a sense of sensationalism or needless excess. The Walking Dead 's black and white art came to mean many things for the series, giving it more creative freedom and tying it into the legacy that birthed it. Hello world, enter Bryce Morris.
A cartoonist and illustrator, Davis mixes drawing with handwritten and typeset text. Later, color will enter the book, but here, in the section about color, it is withheld. Davis wordlessly switches between images that are realistic and those that are abstract, a move that endows the book with an appealing tension from the outset, as well as with a kind of gag reel of effects that unfurls alongside nuggets of wisdom about art and audience. She shifts in this way from the didactic to the fabulist — and at her best moments melds the two. Eventually, devastation strikes during an art opening for the group in the form of a catastrophic storm.