Issue Three, Page Five

July 13, 2020 in Issue Three
Issue Three, Page Five
<<First Latest>>
Average Rating: 5 (3 votes)
Rate this comic
Save my Place Load my Place

Author Notes:

MattSchofield 13th Jul 2020, 9:00 AM
Some pages come easy, and some are a real struggle to bring into being. This page was one of the latter, for reasons I'm still not entirely clear on.

The script underwent the usual revisions, multiple times, as I drew the page. I still don't feel like I really cracked the "right" dialogue to explain why there is no exit from this room, but I'm very mindful of keeping the story moving - I don't ever want to spend panels and panels (or God forbid, pages and pages) explaining why two characters have to do something. In my mind it's better to get across just enough of an explanation and then get to the next story beat. So in the end I got to the point of "I have to live with it and move on."

Nothing seemed to look right, the first time I drew it, and I had to revise. Thumbnail layouts, pencils, inks - all had various aspects and elements redrawn. The fourth panel's perspective had me constantly clock-watching, thinking "this is taking too long, this is TAKING TOO LONG!" - even though I had built a CG model for reference, I just couldn't seem to get it turned to quite the right angle to match my thumnbnail layout. I got there eventually, but whew! it took a while!

I certainly had fun with the head-spinning gag. That was a late addition. In the original layout, Steamroller Man was just untangling himself in a pretty straightforward way. Not particularly funny, and a difficult pose to boot, so I thought, if I'm going to draw something this difficult, let's make it a joke. I hope it makes you smile.

I still don't know exactly why this one was so hard. Hopefully the next one will go quicker!


Mrremoraman 13th Jul 2020, 5:34 PM
I have a bad feeling about this...
Miaubol 14th Jul 2020, 2:40 AM
I feared (well, actually hoped for) that, we're not quite done with that rift and the other dimension yet ;D

"I know exactly what you mean!"-

BOOOOOM CRASH BANG ..and there, here we go, the second exit..

(Great job on that fourth panel, I guess I see why it was so difficult to get right- cramming a huge room into one panel, keeping the feel of how huge that room actually is, without having to draw the characters tiny, and on top several speech bubbles as well, it may require a fair amount of toying around with perspective before all that really works out well)
MattSchofield 14th Jul 2020, 11:33 AM
Yes, I realize I was kind of telegraphing the events of the next page with the way this one ended, but I think it's generally pretty easy to guess how Steamroller Man would get out of any given situation when his super power is basically destroying things.
Thanks for the kind acknowledgement of the fourth panel. It was the thing that took the longest amount of time on the page, but I was generally happy with how it turned out. 14th Jul 2020, 2:12 PM
No doubt Steamroller Man has a plan to use the control room to power down the rift or call for help or locate one of the inevitable penetrations of the outer wall (at the very least, we hope they have plumbing!)

Yep, he knows exactly what she means.
Modesthunk 27th Jan 2021, 7:56 AM
Great sense of movement in those first three panels.
MattSchofield 27th Jan 2021, 9:07 AM
Thanks - those were fun to draw!