A question I get about my hybrid graphic-verbal text use is: How do you edit the graphic? Mostly the question isn’t based upon revisions or re-inks of the graphic image (although if you would see some of the original ‘Xanax Kisses’ work, you’ll see some pretty poor stretch dimensions in the frames within the hyperframe). The question–usually–refers to why would a verbal text writer pick that set of graphic text imagery to convey a meaning that wasn’t solely using the verbal text.
I don’t think this is in the flash fiction version of ‘Duck Boy’, but it does demonstrate a bit of non-intensive graphic text use. The graphic here is symbolic of the overall concept of the ‘Duck Boy’ story. It isn’t really pushing the narrative forward and is just a ‘one off’ type thing. If one were to use Scott McCloud’s categorization of graphic text usage with verbal, this would be placed in a weak additive classification.
Is the graphic text needed for the story? That is what every hybrid artist must ask him or herself. Is this text needed? In the long run, the answer was a firm ‘no’ for ‘Duck Boy’. It was a graphic, a one-off and added a very weak additive graphic text to a flash fiction story.