So you have comic books, a storytelling medium that, through a series of well-established techniques, tries to simulate temporal and spatial, and (if at all possible) narrative, progression on a piece of paper, quite often involving adult men beating each other up. And then there’s comic book movies, films based on the former that, thanks to the medium, can dispense with the simulating of temporal and spacial progression (they simply show the movement), but still can only hope they achieve something of a narrative.
And then there are artists like New Zealand’s Trương DP who recreates scenes from those movies by drawing each frame, in pencil, on a piece of cardboard. Their most recent feat involves the key scene between Iron Man and Thanos from Avengers: End Game, rendered in 1400 drawings, created over a period of 736 hours. The sheer audacity of that achievement is only equaled by the way the creative process is documented.