Issue Three, Page Twenty

January 25, 2021 in Issue Three
Issue Three, Page Twenty
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MattSchofield 25th Jan 2021, 9:00 AM
Hello again, everyone, and Happy Australia Day (for Tuesday the 26th) to my Australian readers!

On this page we learn a little bit more about my new characters, Night Knight and Sleep Tyke, and their relationship with Steamroller Man. I definitely prefer drawing action pages to drawing conversations, but with this one I feel like I found a middle ground, and composed the page in such a way that while it's essentially characters talking, it doesn't feel static, and hopefully not boring!

My biggest struggle on this page was the background in the first panel. My initial impulse was not to put a background in at all, but since it was the biggest panel on the page, it really didn't feel right just having empty space behind the characters. I drew three versions of this background before I came up with what you see here! Ultimately I had to move forward and get to work on the rest of the page.

Doing a composition with silhouettes (in panel three) was something I haven't done much of, but I felt like it would work well here. The challenge, and fun, of working with silhouettes is using the posture, body language and gesture to convey all of the emotion. The bonus is that silhouettes are really fast to draw! I made up for the time I spent on the panel one background!

As Charlie Sheen once said, "WINNING!"

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MK_Wizard 25th Jan 2021, 10:29 AM
I see where she is coming from. It looks cute on paper, but I agree that kids have no business doing adult tasks. That includes heroism. That is why I think the adult protagonist and hero needs to make a comeback. It is honestly disturbing that every hero is getting younger and younger.
IronHorseComics 25th Jan 2021, 10:54 AM
Yes Night Knight, nothing says "stealth, silence," and "guile" like shouting at an ally at the top of your lungs in an alleyway full of buildings that will make your voice echo.
MattSchofield 25th Jan 2021, 2:41 PM
Well, it is a comedy... Also, not real...
Zombienomicon 25th Jan 2021, 1:01 PM
This is a really odd synchronicity or example of steam engine time. There are three or four totally independent from each other and independently thought up Pillow Man and Blanketboy / Night Knight and Sleep Tyke / Winky and Nod type Batman homages out there.
Yours is easily the best due to your art and story telling but still it's a damned odd niche to see be so crowded.
MattSchofield 25th Jan 2021, 2:39 PM
Yeah, I only just found out about Pillow Man and Blanket Boy a week or two ago, after I posted an image of Night Knight and Sleep Tyke in one of the Facebook comic-making groups I belong to! I've never heard of Winky and Nod, I'll look them up. It is a weird coincidence, though! Comics is a weird space for derivative characters. In mainstream comics, for example, you have Batman, Moon Knight, Night Owl, Night Hawk and Nightfighter all kind of occupying the same niche but at the same time being quite distinct from each other. I'd like to hope there's room in the "sleep/bedtime themed crimefighting duo" niche for Night Knight and Sleep Tyke.
Zombienomicon 25th Jan 2021, 3:36 PM
I much prefer yours, and the Pillow Man guy is a camp follower of some spectacularly awful people. But basically all pastiche is bound to follow patterns. It's just of all the nutty niche characters to see proliferate - bed themed father and son? Odds must be long for that :)
Same with Gerber tribute Duck character- when I began there were none, now there are ten of them or something!
MattSchofield 25th Jan 2021, 4:53 PM
No way! Ten Howard the Duck analogs? That's amazing!
Zombienomicon 25th Jan 2021, 5:29 PM
it's nuts, is what it is :) but seriously I think it's great. I always push people to make a consistent Earth number for their own world, where appropriate. And the last Gerber approved (and written) independent Howard story unleashed a hundred and more parallel versions of Howard / Leonard / Destroyer on the world :)
skowog 25th Jan 2021, 11:52 PM
Tube-top! Love it!
I'm glad you put in the background on panel 1, nice re-establishing shot... Definitely great to lead the silhouettes and help retain the context of the scene and save work! BTW, I checked out the theme music that someone wrote for SRM recently, and had it stuck in my head for about a week. Definitely catchy!
MattSchofield 26th Jan 2021, 6:19 PM
Thanks, I try and put backgrounds in most panels - feels weird to me without them. Yes, I LOVE that theme music! Written by the very talented David Gueringer! You can check out more of his music and stuff on his YouTube channel!
Modesthunk 27th Jan 2021, 8:15 AM
Just read all of these through from the start. Thoroughly enjoyed and quite jealous of your ability!
MattSchofield 27th Jan 2021, 9:08 AM
Thanks for reading, I hope you'll stick around! Lots more to come!