My writing process for this scene was unusual. Usually, my process goes something like this: think, think, think, think, write, delete, think, think, cry, write-really-fast, deliver to Al at the last minute. In other words, I spend a lot more time thinking about what I’m going to write than actually writing. (And I know this is a really bad habit; occasionally, I can make some progress by forcing myself to write, even if I don’t like what I’m producing, and then cleaning it up later. But that often doesn’t work for me.)
But for this scene, I thought inspiration had struck early, and I actually wrote a couple of pages weeks in advance. But then I tried to finish what I’d started, and I realized that I didn’t like my first attempt. I ended up writing and re-writing pages several times, and the scene kind of got away from me. This page is a good example of something that didn’t work out quite like I’d wanted it to. I had intended for Mark’s last line (“That’s my special power.”) to come at the end of last week’s page, where the “special power” talk had started. But I ended up with way too much stuff in between to fit on one page, and so the punchline got separated from the setup.
I know it’s not a tragedy, and I think it still works pretty well, but it shows what can happen when I ramble (like now!).
In case you missed it the last couple of weeks, we’re going to be at Denver Comic Con May 31st to June 2nd. You can get all the details here.
We’re in the process of giving our character pages a bit of a facelift by enhancing the artwork to reinforce the “dossier” theme. Now, in addition to the original concept drawing, we also have a “photograph” of the character out of costume. Here’s Max’s page as an example. All of The Specialists have been updated, except for Hartmann, because we can’t agree about which artwork to use. (Click the images below for a larger version.)
Here’s the version with the photo-style image of Hartmann attached. I like it because it’s consistent with the others, but Al feels like it looks a little redundant, since Hartmann doesn’t really have a costume, so the photo isn’t a contrast with the main picture.
In this version, Al substituted the photo with some artwork of a pre-Asylum Hartmann from within the comic. He likes that this version shows what is essentially Hartmann’s “secret identity,” but I don’t like it because it’s inconsistent with the other characters.
Finally, here’s the version that will result if we both throw up our hands and say “Fine then, he just won’t have a second picture!”.
We simply can’t agree on which of these is best, so we put it to you, our dear readers, so that we are not forced to come to blows. (It would be a nasty fight; Al has the advantage of reach on me, but I’m not afraid to fight dirty.) Please take a moment and vote in the poll below, and we’ll make our decision Sunday night. Thanks!
This year’s Denver Comic Con is fast approaching. In addition to the hot-off-the-presses Chapter 2, one of the items we’ll have available this year is a print exclusive to DCC 2013. It’s a limited edition silk screen print, with an all new design featuring Captain Victory. Printed in 2 colors entirely by hand in my basement–with the help of my lovely wife, Linda. There are only 75 of these, signed and numbered by yours truly. When they’re gone, they gone, and we won’t be printing this design again in this format.
The print measures 12″x16″ and is printed in navy blue and red on 80# off-white stock from the French Paper Company. I’m really pleased with how they turned out. Remember: these aren’t digital prints on laser paper, or giclées, or mass-produced on a printing press.
If you’re interested in an inside glimpse at the process of creating the print, head on over here and have a look. (Feel free to “Like” our Facebook page while you’re over there–it’ll only take a second.)
Once again, we’ll be at table B-16, so if you’re attending DCC, please stop by and say hello, take a look at the print, the comic, some propaganda posters, and lots more. Both Shawn and I are looking forward to talking to all of you that can make it to DCC.