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Anatomy of a Scene: Lamar Mathurin breaks down a page in Cowboy Bebop: Supernova Swing
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Anatomy of a Scene: Lamar Mathurin breaks down a page in Cowboy Bebop: Supernova Swing

Lamar Mathurin breaks down page 82 in the ‘Cowboy Bebop: Supernova Swing’ graphic novel.

Courtesy of Titan Comics, AIPT can share an “Anatomy of a Scene” by artist Lamar Mathurin for the soon-to-be-released Cowboy Bebop: Supernova Swing TPB. The series, launched in January, is written by Dan Watters and ties into the Netflix television show.

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An original story set in the year 2171. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop chase an ex-gang member who holds a vest which gives the wearer unlimited luck.

Below read Mathurin’s breakdown of page 82 in the graphic novel, out November 15th!

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“I chose this page, because I felt that it had all the elements of catching one’s eye.

Usually when I draw a page, I separate elements throughout so that no matter what I do, there is always a bit of movement happening through the page. Even if this means people are standing still.

I figured this out from looking at comic covers and movie poster illustrations, especially the movie covers of the 60s through the 80s. Once I figured out these elements could be spread across an entire page, it made drawing pages a lot easier on me.

With this page in particular, I started out with an establishing shot since this page transitioned to an entirely new scene. I remember from the original series the first episode where Spike was practicing his martial arts while Jet cooked bell peppers and beef in-between punches and kicks, which was the inspiration for the small second panel.”

Anatomy of a Scene: Cowboy Bebop: Supernova Swing

“I always appreciated those long birds-eye-view shots the show always snuck in, which was my motivation for that angle of the third panel. It leaves room for conversation as well.

The three panels next to each other follow one of my rules: Never have talking heads of the same size next to each other. So even though they are all focused on Faye, there is a level of movement.”

Anatomy of a Scene: Cowboy Bebop: Supernova Swing

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