Issue Three, Page Thirty-Two

July 19, 2021 in Issue Three
Issue Three, Page Thirty-Two
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MattSchofield 16th Jul 2021, 8:15 AM
Sorry for the delay with this page!

Exhaustion and writer’s block (possibly caused by the exhaustion) meant that I took a lot longer to figure out this page than I would have liked.

Making this comic has become kind of a second job for me. After a while, it does tend to get tiring, as I’m sure anyone who makes a webcomic can attest to. I’ve been lucky enough not to have suffered from writer’s block up to this point, and I have to say, WRITER’S BLOCK SUCKS!

I have never written a complete script for Steamroller Man. I came up with a beginning, an ending and then it was just a matter of working out a loose outline of the events and story beats that needed to happen between beginning and end. This way I feel like there’s still room for improvisation and inspiration, to add jokes and to take the story in unexpected directions (case in point: Night Knight and Sleep Tyke were not part of my initial plan for the story, but I feel like they’ve added a lot of humor and interest since they arrived). The part that sometimes trips me up is the connective story tissue - the stuff that gets me from scene to scene. “I know they have to end up in the building, but how do they get in? Why would they choose that way in?”

Having gotten over the hump, these questions seem trivial in hindsight, but I guess that’s always how hindsight works!

What finally got me past the block was attending a Zoom seminar on comic writing given by Mark Waid! During his decades-long career, Mark Waid has written almost every superhero you’ve ever heard of, and he had some great advice that really helped! He said that writer’s block was your subconscious telling you that you were trying to force the story in a direction that you didn’t really want it to go in. The best way he had learned to get past it was to go back to the last point in the story that you felt the story was really flowing, and then “take a left turn”. Come up with something out-of-the-box, unexpected. It may not be the exact right direction, but the act of doing this will usually be enough to get the creative juices flowing again. It definitely worked for me, and you see the results on this page!

We’re rapidly approaching the end of this chapter - just two more pages left after this one! I have those pages already thumbnailed out, so hopefully there won’t be further delays. Fingers crossed, I’ll see you in two weeks!

Thanks for reading!
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Peter Wulfdane 19th Jul 2021, 9:55 AM
Peter Wulfdane
SteamRollerMan reminds me more and more
MattSchofield 19th Jul 2021, 3:25 PM
McGrenivan 19th Jul 2021, 11:43 PM
Great looking page…. That last frame is perfection.
MattSchofield 20th Jul 2021, 8:15 AM
Miaubol 20th Jul 2021, 11:53 AM
I fear this is just the beginning.. "Pillow guy" will need to yell stop, no, etc several further times I'm afraid ;D

"He said that writer’s block was your subconscious telling you that you were trying to force the story in a direction that you didn’t really want it to go in."

I can so relate to this! Been there a fair amount of times.
MattSchofield 20th Jul 2021, 2:50 PM
Yeah, I definitely like the "odd couple" dynamic between Steamroller Man and Night Knight, so I would say they will butt heads some more as they learn to work as a team!
dougwarner59 21st Jul 2021, 9:26 AM
I really like how you did the hands in frame one.
MattSchofield 21st Jul 2021, 5:06 PM
Cool, thanks! I like to play with little fourth-wall breaks like that from time to time.
dougwarner59 22nd Jul 2021, 1:57 AM
I actually meant I liked how they were drawn. I didn't even pay attention to the fourth-wall thing going on in that panel.
MattSchofield 22nd Jul 2021, 9:28 AM
Oh! Well, thanks!
FRENEMY 25th Jul 2021, 12:52 AM
As always love this comic. Clever and the set is amazing.
MattSchofield 26th Jul 2021, 3:39 PM
Thank you Frenemy!!