Two Scrollers

Courtesy of the New York Times this week, Maira Kalman’s And the Pursuit of Happiness is an enjoyable meditation on laws and those who preside over them.

And since Kalman’s comic is presented in one big scroll, it gives me a hook to also link to Dash Shaw’s gargantuan scrolling Bodyworld webcomic (completed earlier this year) which I’ve been meaning to blog about for awhile.

In principle, I always liked the idea of putting comics all together on one page; the idea being that readers could just hit a button or touch their scroll wheel and just use that one method to move all the way from beginning to end. I used the format myself a lot in my early webcomics.

It saddens me, though, to note that the big drawback of scrolling in the early days still hasn’t gone away after all these years. Most browsers still update images every few pixels while scrolling so that the entire page flickers and jitters all the way down until it stops. Dude, it’s 2009! Why does scrolling still hurt my eyes?

Ah, well. Still holding out for multi-touch laptops that scroll like iPhones. We’ll see…

Discussion (5)¬

  1. Dave K. says:

    On any Mac laptop, you can just put two fingers on the track pad and drag down. It’s so smooth you don’t think about it.

    Another excellent scroller is Oyvind Thorsby’s Hitmen For Destiny. Worth sticking with past the first impression.


  2. Mike Leung says:

    Google Chrome isn’t available for Macs?

  3. Adam Lucas says:

    I just checked out Bodyworld…very cool…

  4. I only really see the jittering as an issue if you don’t take the time to actually read the words and look at the pictures.