DIRK: Smell this Terezi?
DIRK: This is a panel.
DIRK: Can you tell what it's depicting?
TEREZI: 1... H4NG ON
TEREZI: N33D TO G3T CLOS3R TO TH3 SCR33N
TEREZI: NO, NO GOOD
TEREZI: 1M H4V1NG 4 H4RD T1M3 M4K1NG 1T OUT OV3R TH3 D3L3CT4BL3 RUG YOUR3 ST4ND1NG ON
DIRK: That's alright. This actually helps me illustrate my point.
DIRK: The panel is a drawing of me showing the panel to you.
DIRK: Now, what did I do there?
TEREZI: YOU DROPP3D 1T B4CK ON TH3 FLOOR 4G41N
DIRK: Yeah. But in the panel, I'm still just standing there holding it up.
DIRK: In order to communicate what I did to anyone watching, you'd need another panel to show the result.
DIRK: Or I suppose they could listen in on the conversation we're having right now, and infer that I dropped it from what we're saying. That would also work.
DIRK: In that case, the words provide the information that the picture would have done, without me having to pull a whole new panel out my ass just so that someone could confirm that yes, I did in fact drop the panel on the floor.
TEREZI: TH4TS TH3 ON3 TH1NG 1 4LW4YS FOUND D1FF1CULT 4BOUT M4K1NG COM1CS W1TH D4V3
TEREZI: YOU H4V3 TO DR4W 333333V3RYTH1NG >:[
DIRK: Exactly. But sometimes, visuals are just a more effective way of doing things.
DIRK: So finding the right combination of words and pictures to communicate an idea efficiently is where the artistry lies.
DIRK: And sometimes that means dispensing with one or the other entirely when appropriate.