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The Beautiful Silent Comics Of Jed McGowan.

The Beautiful Silent Comics Of Jed McGowan

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Recently I stumbled across the work of artist Jed McGowan, who makes beautiful webcomics. In these comics, McGowan explores topics such as the passing of time, family and life in a manner that’s thought-provoking and very satisfying to read. All of his comics are silent, with mostly visuals (there are a few captions) telling the narrative. Every panel is beautifully rendered and well thought out, often using lush environments or the use of space to further the story without narration.

As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of these webcomics. Work this outstanding must be shared so I have profiled all four of the comics he has available on his website. I encourage you to read through them as I think you’ll enjoy them too!

Sun title card by Jed McGowan.

Sun

This is a short story on how the sun is an important part of life. Jed McGowan shows this in a variety of manners from the way it gives life to plants to being a source of light. Even the mundane is explored with cats sunning themselves and puddles drying up. All these things can’t be done without the sun and McGowan highlights these through a series of scenes which crescendos in a beautiful final panel. Although it’s entirely in black and white, Sun feels warm and fuzzy through his use of whites as well as the grainy texture that he has implemented.

You can read Sun here.

Control Room title card by Jed McGowan.

Control Room

Control Room is a story set primarily from the perspective of a woman behind a control panel of a Mars mission. Through this woman and some letters, this story goes into her and her sister’s exploration of Mars, discovering the landscape. Out of all of the stories featured, this is the one that tugs on your emotions the most as tragedy strikes the pair. This tragedy combined with the theme of family make you care for the characters, even if you do not really see the face of one them.

You can read Control Room here.

Hawaii title card by Jed McGowan.

Hawaii

Hawaii spans hundreds of millions of years as we see the rise and fall of the famous tropical islands. From seeing its birth, rising up from the ocean due to volcanic activity, to the present, and even it’s future, this short story is about the cycle of life. It’s a story that comes full circle to and shows that nothing lasts forever, even if it takes millions of years to rise and fall.

You can read Hawaii here.

Voyager title card by Jed McGowan.

Voyager

Voyager is a comic all about the Voyager 1 space probe as it drifts through the universe, observing the planets that it has gone past. McGowan gets to draw an array of terrains of the planets and moons through swirling colours and dusty tones. He also captures the vastness of space very well as this lonely object flies through the emptiness.

You can read Voyager here.

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Comments (3)

  • Trevor, this is really cool. I never really thought of “silent comics” as a kind of genre. My first exposure to this type of comic was Ricardo Delgado’s Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians (published last year) which I really enjoyed.

    It would be awesome if you did an article exploring silent comics with recommendations and such in the future. I’d love to find more about these kinds of comics and which ones to read.

      • Trevor, I saw this comic/GN today when I was going through this week’s releases: http://www.tfaw.com/Graphic-Novels/Profile/Butterfly-Gate-1___498540
        It’s titled, Butterfly Gate, by Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose
        The plot description sounded interesting on its own, and then I saw in the last sentence that it’s a “silent comic!” Made me think of your article here so I decided to come back and mention it. I have no idea if it’s any good or not and it’s from a really small publisher I’ve never heard of and most certainly doesn’t get stocked in my local shop unless someone orders it.

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