Wednesday, September 2, 2009





Frank Miller

Sin city

Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his dark, film noir-style comic book stories and graphic novels Ronin, Daredevil: Born Again, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City and 300. He recently directed the film version of The Spirit, shared directing duties with Robert Rodriguez on Sin City and produced the film 300.

Sin City is the title for a series of comics by Frank Miller, told in a film noir-like style (now known as Neo noir). The first story originally appeared in "Dark Horse's Fifth Anniversary Special" (April, 1991), and continued in Dark Horse Presents #51-62 from May 1991 to June 1992, under the title of Sin City, serialized in thirteen parts.

The movie adaptation of Sin City, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller with "special guest director" Quentin Tarantino, was released on April 1, 2005. The Sin City volumes were reprinted with new covers and in a reduced size to coincide with the motion picture's theatrical release.

Sin City is famous for its artwork, which draws heavily from film noir, including its use of shadow and stark backgrounds. Miller's artistic style transitions between reality and graphic design. He uses notan - areas of light and dark purely for design where they have no logic in regards to light and shadow. Black and white are the sole colours most of the time with exception of red, yellow and blue in some stories. Partial colour usage is designed to draw attention to a certain character in the story.

I love this style of graphics incorporated into film, 300 and the Spirit also great but Sin City you feel the characters with more emotion and passion.


4 comments:

  1. you are talking about the movie arn't you

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  2. I loved this movie too and was fascinated by the process as explained in the 'Making Of' extra on the dvd. Quite a complicated business. Great topic.

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