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'Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero' graphic novel explores monster attacks

Graphic novel is prelude to film by Guillermo del Toro; screenwriter Travis Beacham compares writing for comics, film
by Matthew Price Published: June 21, 2013

“You have to rewire your brain,” he said. “Because you read a comic book or a graphic novel a lot differently than the way that you watch a movie. So you have to think differently about how it's put together.”

For example, in a movie, you can control the speed at which a viewer takes in the information, which you can't fully in a graphic novel; in a graphic novel, you can control the shape of the picture the viewer sees, which is more difficult with a movie.

“You have to think about space differently; you have to think about time differently, when you're talking about a graphic novel versus a movie,” Beacham said. “And I had come from primarily having worked and written for the screen in the past ... so there was kind of a learning curve in there.”

Beacham said he eventually got the hang of the graphic novel, and it's possible he'd return to write more comics in the future.

“It was a very dynamic, very collaborative process ... I would definitely, definitely love to do more comic work. I think creatively there's something that's differently rewarding about it than the rewards of filmmaking. I like in particular how the dialogue between the writers and the artists work, I like the intimacy of that approach. And I would love to do more stories in that medium, be they more Pacific Rim stories, or original ideas. I'm up for anything.”

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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