What is better? A horizontal 3 panel comic strip, or a vertical 3 panel strip?

Commemorating Star Wars Day, back in 2009, i did this strip. I was playing with the Photoshop settings and was learning to render “realistic” looking lightsabers.

Scott McCloud has a very interesting treaty on “The Infinite Canvas” and how it could benefit Webcomics. Take a moment to go and read what he has to say.

While i like that idea very much… the amount of planning and pre-production needed to successfully pull that on my first try at Webcomics would be way too much.

And although a vertical 3 (or 4 or 5 or 6…) panel strip allows me more room to illustrate what i want, it forces the user to go “below the fold”.

Going “below the fold” is an idea -from the early days of print- adopted and applied to webcomics by Brad Guigar, Dave Kellett, Kris Straub, Peter Straub, and Scott Kurtz on their book “How to make Webcomics“. Go read it if you are interested on this type of things…