Issue Two, Page Thirty-Three

August 9, 2021 in Issue Two
Issue Two, Page Thirty-Three
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Author Notes:

MattSchofield 9th Aug 2021, 9:00 AM
In my notes on the previous page, I talked about having the story "take a left turn" as an antidote to writer's block. You can see that left turn happening, right in the middle of this page. Now that this story point is revealed, I can go into a little more detail about the specific problem that had come up in the story, which I just couldn't seem to figure out.
I knew I wanted to split the characters up, but I had been thinking it had to happen as a result of the characters' own actions. I was trying, unsuccessfully, to figure out a reason for them to split up from each other. My initial idea was to have Sleep Tyke notice something in another part of the building - perhaps some leftover boxes of candy, or the candy delivery van, or even another glimmer of light from around a corner. Then he would wander off, unnoticed, while Night Knight was arguing with Steamroller Man.
This never seemed to ring true to the characters' personalities, though - especially since I'd been setting up Night Knight and Sleep Tyke as the more responsible crimefighters, compared to Steamroller Man. I couldn't figure out a good reason why Sleep Tyke would just wander off and not tell his dad, or for his Dad to let him wander off by himself.
Cue the left turn, in the form of a good old, pulp-flavored trap door! I liked the fact that it came out of nowhere and that it instantly separates the characters. I suppose it is a bit of a trope, but they are in a villain's lair, there's bound to be a trap or two!

This page took a little longer than expected to draw and I'm glad to finally be able to share it with you. I hope you like it.


MK_Wizard 9th Aug 2021, 9:50 AM
No! Not the kid! Forgive me, but my momma senses are on overdrive.
MattSchofield 9th Aug 2021, 10:44 AM
Hopefully you'll forgive me for loving your response, because that means what I'm doing is working!!
MK_Wizard 9th Aug 2021, 10:51 AM
Oh, I'm not holding anything against you. What good is a story if it doesn't excite you?
McGrenivan 9th Aug 2021, 10:39 AM
Aww! Poor kid….
F-me, but this is another amazing page! The deserted factory observation is universal!
MattSchofield 9th Aug 2021, 12:02 PM
Thanks very much, I finally feel like I'm starting to get the hang of the backgrounds!
FRENEMY 9th Aug 2021, 4:22 PM
Oh no!!! A trap door! I hope there isn’t a pit of sharks at the bottom!
MattSchofield 9th Aug 2021, 6:01 PM
A pit of sharks would definitely be a left turn!
jellyfishin 9th Aug 2021, 6:32 PM
Sometimes the traditional tropes work the best. That's why they're used by multiple creators throughout history.

I'd hate to think about what could happen next to Sleep Tyke, but at the same time who knows what's behind that trap door! Goodness knows which characters are in the more stickier situation.
Kim Dwinell 10th Aug 2021, 5:00 PM
Pulp-flavored! That's the best description ever! Great stuff.
MattSchofield 11th Aug 2021, 8:48 AM
Thanks Kim!
Peter Wulfdane 12th Aug 2021, 10:04 AM
Peter Wulfdane
Why am I getting the sense that whatever is behind Sleep Tyke is not going to be good...