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Silent Scenery Panels can serve several purposes. Most often, one is used at the beginning of a scene, as the Sequential Art equivalent of an Establishing Shot. Used in the middle of a scene, they can imply movement or the passage of time, without the artist having to laboriously redraw characters. They can also serve as pacing, slowing down a story that would otherwise seem frantic.
Compare Beat Panel.
- Hellboy has a lot of close-up shots of whatever artwork or statuary appears in the scene. (And make no mistake, wherever the characters go, there is always artwork or statuary.) Mignola seems to eschew large Splash Panels in favor of close-ups of thematically important details.
- Marvel Comics' month, where all their comics were to be silent, so all scenery panels were this by necessity. One wonders how much money Marvel saved by not having to pay any letterers that month.
- This was done extensively in the first storyline in Concrete. It had a page filled with Over Nine Thousand tiny panels showing how laborious it was to swim across the Atlantic Ocean.
- A lot of Batman stories will end with a panel of Gotham's skyline.
- Umi no Misaki might hold the record for the most panels without any characters or action in them. The manga is full of panels showing of the beautiful island that are used by the author to set the mood.
- Tsutomu Nihei uses these a lot.
- Ashinano Hitoshi loves these things. At least one chapter of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou contains no dialogue at all, and several others come quite close.
- Gunnerkrigg Court initially used a set of progressively smaller panels to indicate the passage of time. As the comic progressed, this was condensed to the point that a single scenery panel at the end of a page invariably signals a scene transition.
- Nature of Nature's Art contains so much Scenery Porn, almost all of it silent.
- Goblins does this often when a new scene is introduced.
- Rice Boy and Order of Tales contain tons of scenery porn. Evan Dahm's newest work Vattu is notable for having one word of dialogue in its first 11 pages. The word? Quiet.
- Xawu recently did this at the start of the second chapter. It's a Silent Scenery Comic.