Issue Three, Page Two

June 1, 2020 in Issue Three
Issue Three, Page Two
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Author Notes:

MattSchofield 1st Jun 2020, 10:00 AM
MattSchofield
Here we go, as the story really gets rolling on Issue Three!

As I've said many times in these Author Notes, I'm learning about writing through doing it, and on this page, I learned the truth of the phenomenon I've heard many writers describe as the characters taking on a life of their own, or "writing themselves". When I first created Paige, it was with a purpose: I needed somebody for Steamroller Man to talk to. Since he's a goofball character, I wanted her to be the opposite of that.

This page is really their first meeting, and I honestly had not planned what they would say beyond the broadest, most utilitarian use of dialogue: "I can't reach you!","I'm losing my grip!", etc.

When it came to write the final dialogue, it was certainly an interesting experience to kind of mentally relax and just imagine what the characters would say to each other in the situation. The surprising part to me was the slightly adversarial banter that arose. It was not the direction I had thought they would go, but it just seemed to feel right. I asked myself "if she/he said that, what would he/she reply?" and the characters really did speak for themselves! Weird!

I'm finding it a little harder to keep track of time on a two-week posting schedule, although it could be that it's just a new routine. While I'm certainly feeling less hurried and less stressed to get my page done, I did have a few moments while working on this page when I wondered if I had missed my self-imposed deadline. So far, so good - but I am working without a page buffer! I'm typing this on Friday, May 29, after just having finished the artwork. Time to get started on the next one!

Comments:

MK_Wizard 1st Jun 2020, 10:31 AM
MK_Wizard
I hope this works. Plus, I like what you did with Paige. She's a good foil to Steamroller Man.
MattSchofield 1st Jun 2020, 1:13 PM
MattSchofield
Aw, that's awesome! I'm glad you think so! Thanks for the feedback!
Panda Cop 1st Jun 2020, 10:33 AM
Panda Cop
Hes back.

Great work as always steamroller sensei
MattSchofield 1st Jun 2020, 1:13 PM
MattSchofield
Thanks, Panda Cop!
daysofsuturepast 1st Jun 2020, 1:01 PM
daysofsuturepast
Haha, I’m trying to analyze what makes the transition between panel 3 and 4 so flipping funny, but I think it’s as you said- they wrote themselves.
I experience that too. At first I tried to script all the dialogue, but after actually drawing the page I feel like I can channel the chemistry between characters much better.
MattSchofield 1st Jun 2020, 1:15 PM
MattSchofield
Yes, I'm the same way - for me, the drawings actually seem to suggest the dialogue! It's weird!
Mrremoraman 2nd Jun 2020, 2:36 AM
Mrremoraman
Dang, so do I!
MattSchofield 2nd Jun 2020, 7:48 PM
MattSchofield
Stay tuned!
Miaubol 2nd Jun 2020, 6:12 AM
Miaubol
Ha ha yes, that bantering definitely added to the scene ;D
MattSchofield 2nd Jun 2020, 7:48 PM
MattSchofield
Yay! I'm so glad!
Marcel 2nd Jun 2020, 10:37 AM
Marcel
Ha! I just knew she was going to whip it out!
MattSchofield 2nd Jun 2020, 7:48 PM
MattSchofield
I know you knew! When you left a comment on the final page of Issue Two about the licorice whip, I was like "Damn, good guess!" Well done!