Issue Three, Page Four

June 29, 2020 in Issue Three
Issue Three, Page Four
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Author Notes:

MattSchofield 29th Jun 2020, 9:00 AM
Surprise! He's not going through the rift after all!

I'm sure there's some pun to be made here, about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat... CHOMP!

This page was a lot of fun to draw, and was produced a little faster than usual, probably due to the lack of backgrounds. If you've been reading the comic regularly up to this point, you've probably noticed that I don't like to skimp on drawing backgrounds. I think that's mainly due to the influence of my career in animation. I spent many years as an animation layout artist, and that job is all about placing a character within a background - you HAVE to draw them.

When I would draw my own comics as a kid, I absolutely hated drawing backgrounds, but when you're expected to do it as part of your job, you learn to like it, and to actually use the background as an integral element of a composition. Now it feels weird for me not to draw a background - that's the reason that I still didn't leave any panel with just white space around the figures here.

I guess my animation influence is also showing up in the three wide panels in the middle of the page. I tried to make it as clear as possible what's happening here - even going so far as to just add the word "WINCH" over and over - it doesn't exactly work as onomatopoeia, but it think it does help (hopefully) to clarify that he's rolling his head around, using it like a spool to wind himself back to the walkway.

I'm pretty happy with how this page came out.


MK_Wizard 29th Jun 2020, 9:03 AM
That takes using your head to a whole new meaning. Good to know that Steamroller Man has the smarts to realise his head is more than just a weapon.
Mrremoraman 29th Jun 2020, 9:13 AM
Brilliant! And delicious!
Robert_V_Frazier 29th Jun 2020, 5:05 PM
Okay, I think I've got it.

"Just . . . a . . . little . . . farther . . . !!"

"Thanks! Now we need a way out of here!"

Something like that.
MattSchofield 30th Jun 2020, 7:00 AM
Yes, you pretty much got it! I originally had written something different in my notes, months ago, but had not written a translation. Then when it came time to do this page I could not, for the life of me, remember what he was saying! So have a crack at this one, the original line -


I have no idea.
Miaubol 30th Jun 2020, 3:06 AM
But... but... I wanted to know what it was like in that other dimension ;D

"winch winch winch winch" works perfectly! And it fits nicely to the concluding "vhurrzhrr" :P

But I must admit, I've got a soft spot for such not quite matching "onomatopoeia" ("toss", "door slam" or "sneak-sneak-sneak-sneek"), in a way it adds to the feeling we want to convey :P
MattSchofield 30th Jun 2020, 7:10 AM
Yeah, I know you did... sorry! At least it gives me a thread for possible future storylines. I do have the concept in my mind for what that other dimension/world is, but at this point in the story the Semple-Platt Device was a just a Simple Plot Device.

I generally prefer the onomatopoeic sound effects to the literal ones - I think it's a stylistic choice which is definitely generational among cartoonists. The literal "sound effect" seems to be a more modern thing, and since I'm deliberately trying to evoke American superhero comics from the 60s and 70s, I like to stick to the Batman '66 flavored "POW! BAMM!" type of stuff... except in cases like this, where it really does help with clarity, as I said above.
Miaubol 3rd Jul 2020, 2:53 AM
Oh, no problem :))

"At least it gives me a thread for possible future storylines."-
Or you could use it as a teaser like for instance Hobgoblin's face in Spiderman back then (there, finally, we're going to see what he actually looks like ...nope) :P

Yes, Crash Bang Boom and such works nicely. I must admit I use those as well. 30th Jun 2020, 10:09 AM
"Winch" is the perfect onomatopoeia for grinding bearings in poor condition. Which is about what I would expect them to be.

Is this the first time Steamrollerman's power was actually useful? I was wondering if "My steam roller powers are useless!" would be his catchphrase.
MattSchofield 30th Jun 2020, 10:13 AM
Yes, I guess this is the first instance of his Steamroller Power being useful for something other than destruction! Thanks for the vote of confidence for "winch"!
Marcel 30th Jun 2020, 10:29 AM
Now, winch way did they go?
MattSchofield 30th Jun 2020, 1:05 PM
Haha, very good!
skowog 23rd Nov 2020, 11:40 PM
Too bad she's not a dentist, she would totally understand him!
MattSchofield 24th Nov 2020, 6:16 AM