Scatterbrain 05: Mental Illness and Failed Heroics (A Comic Book)

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Ah, the last issue before I quit. This one was awesome! The art hasn’t been better. The story was concise — albeit heavily influenced by LOST. The characters and their relationship to one another was growing. I even figured out how to make panels a part of the story! It was very exciting!

I had a full script written for this one (both parts) and even started work on issue 6, while a script for issue 7 was nigh complete. However, I had the baggage of issues 1-4 to work through and that caused the hiatus.

I wanted to rework the story and really make it something great, not just practice. I finished this one in 2010 (early 2011) and immediately went back to basics. Since then I’ve had starts and stops. I’ll go over those in the next post though.

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Even the word bubbles look glorious! (Kib’s reading The Denial of Death by the way.) Also, Iaka has curlers in her hair to justify that ridiculous hairstyle, haha.

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Love this outfit for Kib too and the spaceship design — like I said, modeled after the A-Wing from Star Wars. One note, I added these neck things as though they helped them breathe… because, I thought I needed to explain it. Jesse said, yeah, they do that in Star Wars Episode 1, which I thought was his way of saying, “You don’t need to justify it,” but I think he was actually saying, “Don’t do that.”

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This tennis court is modeled after the one by Casey’s parents house. Also, this kneepads thing is something I’ve always wanted to do.

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I think I fucked up the points-system… but if you follow along for who scores and when, there’s a meta-narrative.

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I love that tennis match, but this is another favorite, the evolution of man! Not only does Kib come out from the primordial soup and slowly walk, but I made the background stuff mirror his evolution — going from swamp, to tree, to cave, to the castle, to destruction. So proud of this one.

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Always felt like Kib looked like Gene Wilder here — that’s only a good thing.

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Those panels just came together… I’ve tried to repeat it since and can’t, that was just awesome.

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An ACTUAL two-page spread. I taped the back of two pages together and worked on them concurrently. It was glorious!

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That hand…!!! And even the way she rests in his arms, they’re actually interacting and not just blocky figures. Iaka actually hangs limply, I love it!

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This was showing the progression of last issue’s powers. He takes her pain (as seen in the first three panels).

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I love every panel on this page. Although, I gotta say, my characters look very old in the faces.

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This didn’t happen on purpose, but the panel layout is almost identical to the first issue’s last page.

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Kinda my philosophy for religion at the time. Let people believe in their myths, so long as it makes them better off.

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