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My, Grandma. What big OH MY GOD!
See, if I was a comic writer who knew what he was doing, I’d do the reveal of the wolf on a page turn. Instead, I put it at the bottom of a page, on a large area where your eye is naturally going to gravitate towards in comparison to the smaller panels. This is something you learn on your second project. Well, that and learning to let the story to have an extra page here and there.
If this was a manga series, I could have built in several pages of tension to this moment, instead of just one or two. But when you’re trying to move a story along in a 22-page comic and you’re paying the artists by the page, sometimes reality eclipses what you’d like to pull off artistically. As it stands, I still think MURDER MOON #1 (or what it would have been) is pretty lightweight in terms of the amount of story it tells. But then I grew up reading bronze age comics that have the density of a white dwarf star on the verge of becoming a black hole. Go ahead, try to skim one of those. It’ll still take you twenty minutes.
I do like how the first four panels are very much shape-driven and not overly-rendered, but when you look at the last panel, you get a lot of detail and texture. Maybe too much for the instant that panel takes place in, but that’s okay. Sometimes little things like the hairiness of the hand that’s grabbing you is what sticks in your brain. And lookit those fingernails. It’s a safe bet that he’s never cleaned them. Ever.
By the by, this was the last page of the ashcan version of the Strangeways preview that I circulated for awhile before the book itself came out. I kinda wanted to leave folks hanging, wanting more by the time the first issue (and then finally the trade) came out. Lucky you, however, you’ll get another couple weeks of pages.
Next week, people.