Be Inspired: Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work

Sep 06, 2011

Have you ever seen Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work? (Use link for download. See panels below. )

The stories behind them are worth some internet searches and reading over a cup of coffee!

I was reminded of them again while reading Bryan Jones' posting about his PPT storyboarding process.

Bryan's dialoguing silhouettes in various poses and contexts brought the panels to mind.

What eLearning scenario possibilities do you see in the panels? What single panel possibilities?

Check out this BW video of each panel's focus/point of view being spoken by people in the pose and light.

It opens the door to photographic possibilities--and perhaps tableau like video clips.

Be inspired and share what Wally Wood's brings to your mind and work.


7 Replies
Mark Joyce

Charles -

Glad to hear you enjoyed the panel and the links!

I keep thinking about the way those students photographed themselves in the framed poses.

There are about 10 panels that have just a single person or part of a person.

If I got someone to take my picture in those frame poses, I would open some narration possibilities.

What possibilities have you been conjuring up?


Fred Marquez

Hi Mark,

I wanted to let you know that your post did inspire me, bigtime!

I ended up using some of Wally's panels to create announcement for a new eLearning course that I created for the company.  After it went out, I recieved about a dozen emails praising my creativity, message, and engagement factor, even from Execs. 

Just wanted to say thanks  

Steve Flowers

I love the comic book pattern of expression. I don't think there's anything better for covert or over time representations of human interactions. Nate Piekos is a comic book artist, letterer and font designer. He offers some really great tips here:

These are all listed here with more articles on his font site:

I really love (that's an understatement) these books from Wil Eisner:

Will was a comic book artist that also illustrated a magazine series for the U.S. Military for several decades. Some really great instructional enhancements and mechanisms of engagement in the old archives. If you're a comic book fan you'll also see some classic comic book artists stuff featured in the magazine:

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