Regarding “Tracy” – “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” I don’t know if that applies to clouds of cigar smoke.
Incidentally, I know you are all fans of the Ape Man but have you all seen the 1935, “The New Adventures of Tarzan” ? According to the dvd liner notes this serial is, "the rarely seen film (in twelve chapters) made closest to the Burrough’s vision of of the character; (none of the “Me Tarzan. You Jane.” nonsense). My copy obtained from Alpha Home Entertainment some years ago
NO KIDDING DICK TRACY!!! (An old response to solving an obvious puzzle.)
Maybe, instead of condensed vapor the irregular, sinuous shapes are disguised knife blades. I cannot imagine that the coffee is that hot and the room that cold. Otherwise wouldn’t there be ice formations on the walls, etc.?
Maybe his rhoids were acting up!
Maybe she’s holding it at arm’s length toward the viewer.
Incidentally, George Carlin gets along in his monologs with a vague, unchanging backdrop.Also, how about soliloquys where the only lighted characters are the speakers. No floor patterns or doorknobs are needed.
I suggest saving time with short notes like “Tracy is here…” That is what you seem to be saying. Incidentally, you might benefit from seeing some strips where art and script are inseparable. Otherwise, you have the art of soup cans and the like the only function of which is to inform the viewer what’s in the can.
Incidentally, not to go on ad nauseum, if the pictures distract from the story, why do Americans spend so much time and money drawing attention to their yards? – Five cars (one pickup for tailgating ?), huge campers, lawns mowed at least six times a week. a gigantic boat with a names like – “Sea Scamp” …..oooo! isn’t that cutesy!!! Hydrangeas wilting everywhere around a six story house, weed killers sprayed obsessively with sarcoma exposure, twenty orange and blue children’s gyms, lawn signs expressing personal convictions, also signs pointing to house stating, “WOW!! That’s Me! Baby!!” Is that because nothing is going on here except: "Having a Nice Day!! (or) HOW ARE YOU???!!!. (I really do not care, but it’s good neighbor relations!!!
Then leave the pictures out completely.