Issue Three, Page Eight

December 7, 2022 in Issue Three
Issue Three, Page Eight
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MattSchofield 7th Dec 2022, 8:36 AM
Hello dear readers!

In yet another example of “it seemed like a good idea at the time”, this page had me kicking myself for coming up with a four-armed character with a head bigger than its body. A character whom I was intending to draw in all sorts of poses, fighting and grappling with two other characters, one of whom also had a huge head, and the other with a cape! Who’s stupid idea was this?!! Oh yeah… it was mine… D’OH!

I have quickly learned that drawing the Multi-Armed, Really Strong, Highly Mutated, Artificial Lifeform Living Only for Walloping, also known as M.A.R.S.H.M.A.L.L.O.W. in almost any pose where his arms have to do anything other than extend, spider-like, from his torso, is a compositional nightmare that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy! (Well, that’s an exaggeration. I probably would wish it on my worst enemy - you know who you are, and you’d deserve it!) I am constantly struggling with which arm should be in front, which behind, and how do I place all those arms so that they can do what I need them to and still stay out of the way of that bloody humongous head?!! It’s a bother, I tell you!

This page was the hardest challenge yet. My original thumbnail layout was very different. Fewer panels and much clearer action. M.A.R.S.H.M.A.L.L.O.W. posed on the left side of a wide panel, facing to the right with all his arms extended out in front of him as he swung Steamroller Man and Night Knight by their feet to smash into each other, over on the right side of the panel. It was easy to depict that action with a few rushed strokes of the pencil in the brainstorming stage, but once I started to try and pencil it, getting the proportions of each character right, figuring out how a large hand wrapping around an ankle would look, from both front and back - semi-accurate (or at least believable) anatomy - a cape flowing around - who is overlapping whom - which limbs are overlapping which - and that HEAD, THAT ACCURSED GIANT HEAD!!

As Charlie Brown once said, “AUGGHH!!”

It’s at moments like these that I’ve found it pays to step away from the computer for a bit and go back to doodling and noodling in my sketchbook, to see if I can approach the problem from a different angle. In the end I adopted a “details suggests the larger picture” approach. I decided to show the moments of the ankles getting grabbed and the heroes getting smashed together in close-up rather than in wide shots showing the full bodies of all three characters. The pose of M.A.R.S.H.M.A.L.L.O.W. holding the heroes up by the ankles was also pretty tricky to draw, but necessary to set up the following close-up panel, and certainly much more achievable than what I originally planned. My hope was that the images I did choose to show were clear enough that, when juxtaposed with the others in sequence, the reader’s imagination would do the heavy lifting that my artistic skills were not able to.

You, dear reader, will be the judge.

Thank you, as always, for reading Steamroller Man and sharing it with friends and family who you think might dig it! Follow me on the socials - go to for all my links! I’ve also recently joined both Hive Social and Mastodon as @steamrollerman. On Mastodon I’m So far, Hive seems a bit laggy and buggy, which makes it a bit frustrating to use, but I’m really enjoying the Mastodon experience and the rapidly-growing community over there! So if you’re on either of these sites, give me a follow!

On to the next page!


MK_Wizard 7th Dec 2022, 9:00 AM
Not my kind mathematical lesson.
WynautWarrior 7th Dec 2022, 9:06 AM
My head hurts more from that math equation than it does from how Steamroller man and Night Knight getting their heads slammed into each other... okay maybe not but still.
McGrenivan 7th Dec 2022, 12:11 PM
It’s poifect. You’ve created a character that works within the universe, and is fun to look at.
You getting good traffic on Hive and Mastadon?
MattSchofield 7th Dec 2022, 1:15 PM
Oh thanks, McG!!
I have an Android phone and the Hive app for Android is still in beta, so I'm finding it VERY laggy and unresponsive most of the time, causing me to check it less often. Mastodon seems like everyone is still kind of finding their feet, but I have gotten some decent engagement on a smaller scale (not that my engagement on Twitter was ever anything amazing).
area5.1 7th Dec 2022, 1:09 PM
It certainly goes against any preconceived ideas you might have about marshmallow.

I love the idea that you sat and worked out what those letters might stand for and then built that into the design.

I think we need a come-back line that involves him being toasted!
MattSchofield 7th Dec 2022, 1:16 PM
Thank you! I love anagrams, and it was a really fun challenge to work out such a long one!
More marshmallow-based puns coming up on the next page, stay tuned!
Marlene Santos 7th Dec 2022, 3:06 PM
Marlene Santos
Math genius
MattSchofield 7th Dec 2022, 4:06 PM
A true Renaissance Marshmallow!
Surenity 7th Dec 2022, 5:35 PM
This does look like it was really hard to draw. I too find that my imagination often extends well beyond my actual artistic ability. But you did a great job, not making things too difficult on yourself while still making it clear the action that was transpiring. It all flowed smoothly when I read it.

Also, I love the trope where the actual panels of the comic act like a wall and the characters bounce off it.
MattSchofield 8th Dec 2022, 10:53 AM
Thanks, Surenity!

Yeah, I enjoy toeing the line of breaking the fourth wall by having characters interact with the panel borders. I've done it a few times before.
Nigel Hamilton 16th Dec 2022, 2:20 AM
Brilliant Scho! Love the final pic where he flings his arms out - love the symmetry - looks well composed to me!
MattSchofield 16th Dec 2022, 2:32 PM
Thanks Nige!
dougwarner59 20th Dec 2022, 11:33 AM
Great artwork. panel 3 looks odd because it depicts steamroller man with a look of pain on his face due to an impact with something that should not even phase him; but, I assume it is done for dramatic effect.
MattSchofield 21st Dec 2022, 11:04 AM
Thanks, glad you like the art! As to your interpretation of panel 3 - perhaps it's not a look of pain, but more a look of "Oh no, I know this is really going to hurt my friend"...
Guest 29th Dec 2022, 8:55 PM
You know, I kinda think the M.A.R.S.H.M.A..L.O.W. is actually sorta cute, in an appetizing kinda way...I mean, think of all the s'mores you could get out of that head!