It´s quite amazing, nothing more….
I can´t believe it´s true!
[…] Craig Robinson’s ???What If??? depicts a forking-path timeline in which one man’s life decisions create his own personal family tree. (Robinson was previously mentioned on Grand Text Auto, also in relation to “Carl.”) While the trails are alternate choices, as in the original ???Carl,??? and while both have a central figure for whom all roads lead towards death, the experience of viewing ???What If??? is not the experience of making choices. McCloud’s sequence is meant to be read, following trails from panel to panel, as are Ware’s diagrams, however Robinson’s large image can be scanned or browsed while ignoring the trails as easily as not. In ???What If??? the flow lines are somewhat inscrutable at first, as all the action is hidden behind a sequence of identities - there are no visible verbs, only nouns. In order to read, one must either click each identity for a pop-up description or else hover the mouse until the text appears - somewhat comparable to the practice of adding secret mouse-over subtitles to webcomics (e.g. A Softer World, Dinosaur Comics) or of the use of a hidden text layer in annotated photographs (e.g. the flowchart Google’s Master Plan). […]]]>
Yours is the only one I’ve seen actually - I came across it directly while reading the entire “heavily-annotated” pool looking for examples of interesting annotation - the “several photos” I mention above were your series of three.
Although I hadn’t noticed until now that it was the same author, I’ll be discussing another another (attributed) photo of yours from the heavily-annotated pool this Wednesday - faux box.]]>
very interesting observation…. A lot of people have blogged this photo, but your comments really stand out.
I’ve also found some people have republished my photo without attribution (e.g., in a Argentina newspaper). And some of those made it back to flickr. Do you know if someone else posted original shots of the master plan?]]>