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27th Nov 2020, 5:00 PM in (Interlude) Shaggy Dog Stories
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Author Notes:

Scott D. 27th Nov 2020, 5:00 PM
Scott D.
It's not often Golden F.'s art gets to shine without my writing and sound effects over it, so allow me to present her in one of her finest moments of expression and direction, unobstructed, for all of you to see.

Sometimes action can be portrayed strictly through visuals, allowing only incidental sound or music without dialogue. Genndy Tartakovsky is known for this with both Samurai Jack and Primal. Others that spring to mind are the iconic stand-off in the cementery from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), the climactic escape shuttle confrontation during Alien (1979), the ceasefire in Children of Men (2006), the dinner table scene from Jaws (1975), the famous one-shot fights from the works of Tony Jaa, and some very lengthy and artistically gorgeous sequences in Pixar's WALL-E (2008) and Up (2009). For non-film examples, doomed mobster Tom Cochrane bids a silent farewell to his beloved family in the Spider-Man anthology Tangled Web, and Masaaki Nakayama's horror manga Fuan no Tane is a collection of minimalist, striking horror shorts, Batman #431 features a breathtaking eight-page scene in which the Caped Crusader goes up against the League of Assassins, and Ricardo Delgado's Age of Reptiles tells absolutely everything through its vibrantly coloured and gruesomely visceral art.

Do you have a favourite scene from a film, show, or comic where nobody has to say a word?

Also, we received this lovely piece from MisterParadigm of Mallory Bash!
—Scott D.

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Comments:

NatNatVW 27th Nov 2020, 7:23 PM
NatNatVW
There's an episode of Buffy The Vampire where no one can talk for most of the show. It's called Hush and it's AWESOME.
Scott D. 27th Nov 2020, 8:03 PM
Scott D.
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NatNatVW 28th Nov 2020, 5:53 AM
NatNatVW
Best reply ever XD

I also want to mention Buffy's "The Body" for its total lack of background music which was super effective at setting the tone and weight of the episode... I'm just a giant Buffy nerd in general sorry ^^;;;
Scott D. 28th Nov 2020, 3:35 PM
Scott D.
Never apologise for being enthusiastic. I don't recall that episode quite as clearly, but I'll definitely have to give it a rewatch now.
Psyker01 28th Nov 2020, 1:12 AM
Thats part of what makes The Mandalorian so great. Theres long stretches of no dialog and just him and The Child walking. Its pretty impressive for an guy who wears an mask 24/7
Scott D. 28th Nov 2020, 3:38 PM
Scott D.
I know exactly what you mean. There's some amazing scenery and physical storytelling in that series.
NeilKapit 28th Nov 2020, 5:16 AM
NeilKapit
Impressive framing for this flashback, especially given the lack of text
Scott D. 28th Nov 2020, 3:36 PM
Scott D.
Thank you very much. Initially I did intend to continue the narration, but after I saw Golden F.'s artwork, I felt it was effective enough by itself. Any dialogue would really have been superfluous.