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Sunday Mailbag- MAD Collaboration?

Q: When you illustrate a typical multi-panel parody, how do you determine which panels should receive greater emphasis than others — or simply look the way they do? Is this a co-development process with the writer or do you act independently to lay out the story the way YOU want to? A: The story and what is going on in each panel, plus the design of the page as a whole, determines the design of each panel.
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