Issue Three, Page Thirty-One

June 14, 2021 in Issue Three
Issue Three, Page Thirty-One
Issue Three, Page Thirty-One
Issue Three, Page Thirty-One
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Author Notes:

MattSchofield 13th Jun 2021, 8:25 PM
I’m quite happy with how this page looks, but it was quite a journey to get it done!

I’ve included some of my initial thumbnail sketches (below the main image) to show what my original plan was for this part of the story. As you can see in the first thumbnail, it started the same way as the finished page, but I was going to stretch out the action over two pages, with Steamroller Man breaking through the wall of the factory grounds on a subsequent third page - this would have been a page-turn reveal, as I mentioned in my previous Author Note.

Here’s what I thumbnailed out:
The trio of heroes was going to look for a quiet, sneaky way in, running straight past Paige’s lab coat without noticing it. Sleep Tyke would discover a small hole in the wall - a drainage grate or something.
The next page would see Night Knight and Sleep Tyke crawling through the hole into the factory’s courtyard, and saying that it was a tight squeeze. They would express doubt that Steamroller Man could fit through the opening. Steamroller Man was going to say “no problem guys, I’ve done this before, I’ll just go feet-first” and then get stuck, saying “you guys go ahead, I’ll find another way in”.
One page-turn later, and the reader would see Steamroller Man break through the wall right behind Night Knight and Sleep Tyke, saying “I found another way in!”

I liked this bit of business, initially, and I really liked the idea of Steamroller Man getting stuck because of his huge head… but something was bothering me. The more I thought about it, the more I started to worry that the reader would be way ahead of the joke. Was it really worth stretching this gag over three pages? I could accomplish the same gag in one page instead of three. What’s that saying about brevity being the soul of wit?

So I scrapped the idea and roughed out the page you now see completed, here. I think it works better - I’ll save the “head gets stuck” gag for some other time. I had fun breaking the panel borders and getting some dynamic poses into the page. I hope you like it too!

See you in two weeks, as we start to wrap up this chapter!

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MK_Wizard 14th Jun 2021, 9:08 AM
I hope they save her on time and I have a question, do you ink by hand? If yes, what do you use?
MattSchofield 14th Jun 2021, 2:13 PM
Hi MKW, if by "ink by hand" you mean using traditional ink on paper, the answer is no. I've been doing the comic digitally since the beginning of the second issue, drawing in Clip Studio Paint using mainly Frenden brushes.
McGrenivan 14th Jun 2021, 9:25 AM
Thank you for sharing the process!
MattSchofield 14th Jun 2021, 2:14 PM
You're welcome!
TheHiddenElephant 14th Jun 2021, 9:29 AM
What do you expect? He's a hero who uses his head!
Francis 14th Jun 2021, 9:40 AM
I really like Steamroller Man's last pose. It follows all the drawing and posing principles perfectly. I'm particularly impressed with the asymmetry, slight perspective, and depth you achieved.
MattSchofield 14th Jun 2021, 2:14 PM
Thanks, I'm pretty happy with it too!
FRENEMY 14th Jun 2021, 10:13 AM
Steam rolled!!
Peter Wulfdane 14th Jun 2021, 11:43 AM
Peter Wulfdane
Now I'm wondering if the Night Knight is more impressed or more dismayed...something tells me that Steam Roller Man actually got it right this time?
Marcel 14th Jun 2021, 5:40 PM
" I hope you like it too!"
Yeah, I like it! I'm surprised at how detailed your sketched borders are. I just do a really rough line at that stage.
MattSchofield 14th Jun 2021, 6:30 PM
I'm glad you like it! I think you're referring to my thumbnail layouts? I find that roughing in the panel borders during that stage helps me figure out the composition of the page and panel better.