Created By: Goldfritha on December 24, 2011 Last Edited By: Goldfritha on November 3, 2012

Dramatically Large Panel

Important events go in large panels.

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Bigger is more important.

Therefore in Web Comics, Comic Books, and even Sunday strips of Newspaper Comics, to lend dramatic emphasis to an action, it appears in a much larger panel than most actions its size. It often fills the page for comic books, the entire strip for newspaper comics, and even for the theoretical Infinite Canvas of web comics, it frequently stands alone to add even more emphasis. A noticable contrast to the panels about it, or even superimposed on it, is also possible.

Not to be confused with a Panoramic Panel (still in YKKTW) where the large panel is used to show a whole landscape. Overlap is possible if the action filled up a large area.


Comic Books
  • In the "Born Again" sequence of Daredevil, when Daredevil and Karen meet again, the moment when he embraces her while she cries, fills the entire page.

Web Comic
Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • December 26, 2011
    Splash Panel. (It's not even But More Specific, because "to lend dramatic emphasis" is part of the definition.)
  • December 28, 2011
    Actually, this is less specific, as I don't think it necessarily needs to be a splash panel, just bigger than other panels. Or is "fills the whole page" not a definitive part of Splash Panel?
  • February 4, 2012
    Two are in this Garfield strip: One to show how far away Garfield was from Odie, and another to show how long his tounge is.
    • A more dramatic example was used in this strip, to show how far away Odie was.
  • February 9, 2012
    ^^^ This is about combining bigger and smaller panels to effectively "zoom" in and out, usually depending on how noteworthy events are. Splash Panel is a whole-page or two pages panel. It may be an extreme case of the same, or to have an overview of a big scene, or just for the sake of good scenery.
  • February 10, 2012
    Taken Up To Eleven during The Death Of Superman -- each comic leading up to his death uses less panels. By the final issue of the story, every page is a single Splash Panel, but the moment Superman actually dies is a two-page spread.
  • November 3, 2012
    Discarding duplicate.