As a fan—and fledgling contributor—to the sequential storytelling medium of comics, the potential that lies within the four-picture photo booth is definitely intriguing.
A few weeks ago, I was in Wisconsin for the wedding of one of my best buddies. At this wedding, as I hear it’s quite hip to do, there was a photo booth for guests to enter and capture some silly pictures throughout the night. After snapping quite a few goofy sequences with my lovely girlfriend, my sister and my parents, it hit me—in my high spirits aided by spirits—that with a sharpie and some paper I could add a pretty unique set of photos to the night’s photo booth collection (all of which are given to the bride and groom after the festivities on a disc).
After searching vainly throughout the reception for sharpie and paper, I came up with a simple story I could tell with only myself and one of my favorite items: a cup of coffee.
Obviously four panels and no dialogue doesn’t allow for a ton of expression, but it is a pretty interesting venue for short stories. An average comic strip is only about four panels, and so, it seems a strip of photo booth pictures makes for a rigid but compelling story form. I’m sure I am not the first person to stumble upon this idea, but man, I think it’s a darn good one. It’d be a great way to introduce chapters of a story about young love and it’s progression through time as evidenced by the body language of the photographees, or to simply show the aging of any main character.
I like it. I think I’ll use it again some time.