Issue Two, Page Twelve

October 1, 2018 in Issue Two
Issue Two, Page Twelve
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MattSchofield 1st Oct 2018, 10:00 AM
MattSchofield
Aaaaaand… scene!

The song is finished and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it, now that it’s done. It was a huge experiment which I wasn’t sure would even work. My initial idea was to cut from the dark, foreboding atmosphere of the opening scenes in Sugar Daddy’s lair, to the happy, smiling face of Steamroller Man strolling the sunny streets of Kurtzberg. Then I tried to push that contrast to its wackiest boundary by having him so happy that he launched into song! Although the concept of song in comics is far from novel, I’m not sure how common it is in the episodic webcomic format. Having the entire song published to the website now means that new readers can read the song all in one go, without a week’s pause between verses. Hopefully it flows better this way.

I think it will be a long time before I commit myself to doing another musical number. It was a funny idea to start with, but then I actually had to draw the thing! The drawing itself wasn’t the problem as much as working out exactly what to draw. Some lines immediately suggested a gag – the subway scene on page seven being a good example. Other verses were a bit more abstract, and forced me to use more generic scenes. In these instances, I tried to reference movie musical tropes. On every page, I tried to come up with a funny lyric, or a funny image. If I found a way to do both, even better.

The downside was that it stopped the story in its tracks. As this dawned on me, my enthusiasm for the work sank. Halfway through drawing the song, I realized that it was a complete indulgence that didn’t advance the story at all. By that point, though, I had gone too far to change direction. The only way out was through.

It was quite an education, really.

As always, I hope you’ve been enjoying the comic thus far! There’s more to come, and the best news of all is that next week, we actually get back to the story!

Comments:

Saeriellyn 9th Feb 2020, 3:32 AM
Saeriellyn
So, reading as someone who didn't have to wait between uploads - yes, it does work, though certainly your point is valid. I would suggest that while it does postpone any significant action, it is still a valuable level of character development, and although you had already begun to establish just how hilariously oblivious and boundlessly optimistic this guy is, the song adds a very effective layer to that.

If you'll forgive the comparison, I am reminded of a Spongebob episode where the titular character, forced into slavery at a rival restaurant, suddenly bursts into a showtune ballad about how much he misses his old fry cook position at the Krusty Krab. It may not be highbrow, but that show's creators were onto the same thing; there is just something extra hilarious about characters in a comedy belting out their emotions in an unexpected musical number.
Mrremoraman 17th Mar 2020, 8:07 AM
Mrremoraman
This is freaking hilarious! You did a great job with this! Everything was animated, and had so much joy and motion to it!
MattSchofield 17th Mar 2020, 8:43 AM
MattSchofield
Oh great! Thanks so much, that was how I was hoping it would come across!
sorry 18th Mar 2020, 6:22 PM
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Peter Wulfdane 30th Jul 2020, 9:41 PM
Peter Wulfdane
This whole song, and whole comic, has got to be one of the most spectacular I have ever seen! Astounding!

And I have to say your content is top-notch for the quality of the art. Too often, really great artists use their skills to promote trash and vulgarity; this strip is a HUGE breath of fresh air...even with the fumes still floating around from that hideously beautiful trash heap. :)

Congratulations!
MattSchofield 31st Jul 2020, 2:39 PM
MattSchofield
Aw, thanks for your very kind words, Peter!

I'm really glad to hear that Steamroller Man has struck a chord with you! I always write with a general audience in mind. Like the 1960s Batman TV show (a definite influence), hopefully it's fun for both kids and adults. Personally I'm not a fan of vulgarity in comics, so you'll never see that sort of stuff in Steamroller Man.

I hope you'll keep following his continuing adventures!
Peter Wulfdane 31st Jul 2020, 10:01 PM
Peter Wulfdane
You bet!
skowog 16th Nov 2020, 10:56 PM
That last panel...I wonder about the people that actually still live in Gotham City! I imagine that if you're a cop, construction worker, EMT, or willing to do some henchmen gigs, there's probably good work to be found there!
MattSchofield 17th Nov 2020, 1:54 PM
MattSchofield
While the world of this comic is not supposed to be in any way realistic, I do like the idea that living in a city with superheroes would be totally chaotic for regular, everyday citizens - it certainly works well with a superhero whose power is basically destroying things!