- Posted by Johanna on January 24, 2011 at 11:17 am
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
The latest Introspective Comic by Ryan Dow raises an interesting question, as shown by this panel.
It’s more developed in his author’s comments on the comic, which includes this:
I’ve been thinking a lot about the repetition of themes throughout these comics. It was something I used to be uncomfortable with. I was afraid that it might bore people. It seems the older I get, the more comfortable I am with repeating myself.
I don’t think that’s something to be afraid of at all. Returning to certain themes indicates that they’re important, and saying something new about a shared concept deepens the reader’s understanding. Revisiting a topic can also be a challenge, ringing changes on a particular subject and demonstrating a variety of perspectives.
After all, sometimes the same thing happens again in life, or you need to have a similar conversation with a different person or the same person in a different context. It’s realistic. What do you think? Do you enjoy seeing an artist try the same thing in different ways, or coming back to a concept months or years later?