Issue Two, Page Twenty-Nine

February 10, 2020 in Issue Two
Issue Two, Page Twenty-Nine
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Author Notes:

MattSchofield 10th Feb 2020, 9:00 AM
This page was a challenge.

My working method is driven by the art, not the script. I do my thumbnails based on a rough idea of what has to happen on each page, and then I come up with a page layout that conveys that part of the story in pictures. Any dialogue at this point is in very rudimentary, prototypical form - sometimes I'll even just scribble a description of what the dialogue's purpose is - "explaining where she's going", for example.

So the purpose of this page was very much "get them from Point A to Point B", which is going to be pretty boring if you don't give the characters some banter. I realized that the placement of the word balloons could help to guide the reader's eye around the somewhat unconventional page layout. I don't think the dialogue I came up with is perfect, by any means, but I think it does accomplish that secondary goal of moving your eye around the page.

Hopefully, you, the reader, will agree!

Anyway, there's your look behind the curtain into my tortured process! I hope you enjoy this page! I'm happy with it because it means I'M DONE DRAWING STAIRS!!


Saeriellyn 10th Feb 2020, 3:13 PM
Secondary the dialogue may be, but the HFCS joke is still a good one. Nice alliteration in panel 3. Or, well, the second bubble from panel 2. I like when a good artist is also a good writer, even if the writing takes back seat.

Also I meant to mention earlier; your design choices for Candyman are essentially evil Willy Wonka - at this point, I am positive you did that on purpose. Love it.
MattSchofield 10th Feb 2020, 3:22 PM
Thanks Saeriellyn!

Glad you liked the joke and the alliteration. I try to put a joke on every page, and if I can't think of a joke, then I try for at least something cool or fun to look at. As I said in my note on this page, the banter was kind of just filler so it was not just a matter of "well of course this character would say 'X' in this moment."

Yes, guilty as charged, the entire idea for Sugar Daddy was "what if Willy Wonka was evil?" and in the next chapter you will see his origin which will well and truly connect those dots... I was originally going to call him Candyman, but there were already a few other existing IPs out in the pop culture zeitgeist with that name. So he became Sugar Daddy.
Casscade 11th Feb 2020, 6:08 PM
Ah man, I am loving this comic so far! So many of the pages had me bursting out with laughter. XD Great work!
MattSchofield 11th Feb 2020, 7:48 PM
That makes me so happy to hear that! Glad you are enjoying it - and thanks!
MK_Wizard 11th Feb 2020, 6:23 PM
I am so loving this. He reminds me of the Tick.
MattSchofield 11th Feb 2020, 7:50 PM
Oh cool, so glad to hear it! The Tick is definitely a major influence. The original comic run by Ben Edlund made a huge impact on me as a kid!
Francis 13th Feb 2020, 9:04 AM
Another beautiful page. It sounds like you give the art work importance over the writing. I think this is the correct way to proceed. Good writing is important, of course, but this is a primarily visual medium and as such we want to look at fun, interesting and appealing visuals...or else we'd just read a book.
MattSchofield 13th Feb 2020, 2:13 PM
Thank you for the kind words! Yes, it is fair to say that my focus is definitely on using the visuals to tell the story, and using the words to support those visuals. Ideally, my story could be understood (at least in a rudimentary way) without even having to know exactly what the characters are saying.