Paul Pope thinks fight sequences are vexed by page limits.  In Battle Boy, Pope is devoting about 50 pages to a single fight sequence.

In Batman Year 100, I had room for a couple of long fight sequences, but I felt cramped even with 200 pages. This fight scene from BATTLING BOY alone is about 50 pages. It’s liberating to have no page restrictions. I wish Kirby could’ve had 50 pages for one fight scene, imagine what he would’ve done.

via Pulp Hope


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  1. I think there is a lot of potential in longer fight scenes. The best fight scene I’ve yet seen in a comic was (keep an open mind) a Naruto fight that lasted around 100 pages. Granted, that one had a lot of padding via other characters’ commentary, but the sheer length allowed for clearer artwork (through larger panel size), intricate strategy, and interesting twists within the fight. Often a fight scene is so short that it’s reduced to a single twist rather than any kind of interesting series of events and clever strategies.

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