As you may recall, I've been struggling to put together my thoughts on the artist / writer collaboration for Think of a City pieces, but Think of a City has provided a pretty solid answer in the text beneath Lekan Jeyifous and Ales Kot's 030. As they say:
Sometimes a collaboration is not about what you do do, but about when you know to hold back in a partnership and let another person’s work shine.
Of course, that isn't limited to only Think of a City, but sometimes it's easy to forget how much similarities there can be between one creative endeavour and another. Regardless, thanks to Lekan and Ales for the beautiful piece.
1 - Establishing shot of what looks to be a built-up downtown of some city centre. We're looking at building tops - no streets or people are visible.
CAPTION: A city is rarely a place of peace and order.
2 - A large, dark shadow falls upon the downtown from something that remains off-panel.
CAPTION: But it can be.
3 - A human hand reaches down towards the buildings from the top of the panel. The hand looks enormous next to the buildings, which are actually just models (although I suppose that's not even necessarily evident from this panel).
CAPTION: If you put in the work.
4 - The hand reaches towards something street-level (which would be below the bottom panel gutter), meaning that part of the wrist / possibly forearm would be visible crossing the panel - perhaps it is adorned with a watch or bracelet of some variety.
CAPTION: The only problem?
5 - The hand is coming back up from the model-streets, now holding a toy gorilla (which like the hand, looks enormous next to the model city, in a vein not unlike a certain King Kong).
CAPTION: The work never ends.
SPEAKER (tailless): Honey, what have I told you about leaving your toys lying around?