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Twilight Manga: Meyers Involved in 'Every Panel'

Which explains why the dialogue bubbles don't look so good.



Missed it: the New York Times has a piece on the upcoming Twilight manga with a few more details about the Twilight manga, including this piece of info:

“Twilight” will be split into two graphic novels. Mr. Hassler said that Ms. Meyer was involved in “every panel of every page” of the adaptation, down to the dialogue balloons.

I applaud the idea of keeping the original creators involved with later iterations of its works in general, here every bit as much as anywhere else...but this particular statement is funny because the dialogue balloons have been the subject of admonishment from comic pros like John Barber and Simon Jones (occasionally NSFW). Barber suggests that the placement and lettering are so bad that those who come to Twilight as their first comic might feel like their failure to parse Twilight properly will turn them off from comics as a whole.


"The balloons are giant awkward shapes...and the placement is terrible--they're awkwardly over the figures, overlapping panels randomly."


This all comes from the online preview, of course-- it's entirely possible that the dialogue bubbles will change before its release on March 16th.
 
(Caught it: AICN Anime.)
Karasuon Feb. 17, 2010 at 2:01 p.m.
Insistence that she was involved with the text balloons smacks heavily of disclaimer. "It certainly isn't OUR fault."
 
My lack of enjoyment of the plot leads me to understand that she'd be heavy-handed with every aspect she touches.
 
(Personally, I didn't even lay out type this badly in GD 101.)
giaon Feb. 17, 2010 at 2:14 p.m.
@Karasu: It did seem like a kind of odd thing to be so specific about.
Kelleth moderator on Feb. 17, 2010 at 2:16 p.m.
Sigueon Feb. 17, 2010 at 2:26 p.m.
@Kelleth said:
" "
This image effectively sums up my feelings regarding Twilight in general.
sora_thekey moderator on Feb. 17, 2010 at 2:40 p.m.

I have to say that the narrative captions look cool... but You're right those ballons are ... IDK!?
lanaswifton Feb. 17, 2010 at 2:44 p.m.
@Karasu: Ugh, no kidding. It's like someone gave her the PSDs for the comic and she was like "HEY I COULD DO THE REST BY MYSELF GUYS!!1"
Mikenon Feb. 17, 2010 at 2:53 p.m.
There's a certain point where it really should be left to the pros...-_-;;
 ...Not that I actually want this manga at all though.
reinon Feb. 17, 2010 at 3:14 p.m.

Nerxon Feb. 18, 2010 at 1:04 a.m.

John_Martoneon Feb. 18, 2010 at 12:02 p.m.
@Karasu said:
" Insistence that she was involved with the text balloons smacks heavily of disclaimer. "It certainly isn't OUR fault."  My lack of enjoyment of the plot leads me to understand that she'd be heavy-handed with every aspect she touches.  (Personally, I didn't even lay out type this badly in GD 101.) "
Okay, the design isn't doing much for anyone, but her hyper involvement is probably moreso to legitimize the entire venture. Well, and probably to pacify what I can only assume is an enormous, controlling franchise holder.
GrandMarshalon Feb. 18, 2010 at 12:41 p.m.
Dam theres a lot of vomiting going on in these comments
Boddingtonon Feb. 18, 2010 at 4:31 p.m.
Meyers: More sparkle, darker eyeliner!
 
Artist: There's not enough ink in my pen for what you want, woman!
 
Meyers: Then what good are you to me? *neckstab action*
OtakuValon Feb. 21, 2010 at 7:34 p.m.
I read Twilight and I liked it, and no, I'm not a 14 year old teenage girl...This seems like a better adaptation than the movies...so I am looking forward to it.
Sigueon Feb. 21, 2010 at 9:41 p.m.
@OtakuVal said:
" I read Twilight and I liked it, and no, I'm not a 14 year old teenage girl...This seems like a better adaptation than the movies...so I am looking forward to it. "
A 15 year-old girl, then?
OtakuValon Feb. 22, 2010 at 5:27 a.m.
@Sigue: Wow...what is it with some people thinking nobody besides teenagers can like the book... I mean Harry Potter is popular amongst adults and I personally the first book is nothing special...And if you must know, I'm 27, I have nothing to hide, and I'll say it again, I'm looking forward to this adaptation...at least Edward's kinda of handsome in that one, unlike Robert Pattison *shudders*.
John_Martoneon Feb. 22, 2010 at 2:23 p.m.
@OtakuVal said:
" @Sigue: Wow...what is it with some people thinking nobody besides teenagers can like the book... I mean Harry Potter is popular amongst adults and I personally the first book is nothing special...And if you must know, I'm 27, I have nothing to hide, and I'll say it again, I'm looking forward to this adaptation...at least Edward's kinda of handsome in that one, unlike Robert Pattison *shudders*. "
I'm with you. While the extremist fan reaction can leave me a bit... disheveled, I have absolutely no problem with the source material and the readers by large. I never read the books, but I found that I was pretty entertained by the second movie. Was I sold a bill of inferior goods wrapped in Robert Pattison sparkles? 

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