Tuesday, November 29, 2005

This Barely-Begun (And Likely Never-Finished) Graphic Novel Concerns A Young Woman Who Kills Her Company's Competitors For A Living

Briefly I'm posting this unfinished comic book page up. This is the first (and probably last) page of a graphic adaptation of my second novel -- I started the novel a few years back and then abandoned it because I still had my first novel to write. I started this graphic adaptation sometime in August or September and all I've done is this one page, which should tell you something about my overall pace of work. I can't include the entire page here because I drew it on that BlueLine regulation-size comic book paper and it won't fit on my 8"X 11"-centric scanner. I got most of it here though. I sketched out the next few pages last week, but it'll be a while before I get anything drawn up. Anyway, let me know what you think -- is it even clear what's going on in this page?

[Ed. note: the last frame that was cut off at the bottom is another drawing of the woman, this time with her eyes closed.]

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Umm what is this...

http://kidandi.com/

JudgeHolden said...

The Kid and I looks like the end of a lot of careers.

blankfist said...

Or the start of yours. Dude, why didn't you scan the page piecemeal, then stitch it together in photoshop. I know you have photoshop, right? Dumb-dumb.

Hey, that's some of your best work to date, I think. Looks really good. Some broad looking at her shoes and shit. Good stuff. Very poetic and what not. [yawn]

Anonymous said...

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2406460985877029386

blankfist said...

Um... you gonna post something? Today?

JudgeHolden said...

Yes.

Fried Pepperoni said...

Is that the late World Trade Center in the bottom right panel? Looks like it. Either way, I like how you broke up that skyline into 3 panels. Makes it panoramic, and yet not. Although, I'm not sure what's going on with the foot action scene and the ladybug.

Oh wait, I get it - the woman's a terrorist and the ladybug is a bomb. Are you suggesting that a woman and a ladybug bomb brought down the Twin Towers on 9/11??? That's pretty radical, Crane. Hannity will not be pleased.

blankfist said...

Yeah, yeah, she's wistfully absorbing the color and beauty and life represented within the ladybug, but at the same time she's juxtaposing it with the wanton destruction of another of nature's species: man. Wow, way to go all pretentiously unoriginal, Crane. What's your next cliche, huh? A prophecy of a baby born with a unique birthmark will rise to free mankind from some form of oppressive villainy? When the baby is born, the villainy tries to destroy it, so the parents send it off in a floating carriage down a river where it is raised by a pack of wolves? What to go, dude. That sucks. Hannity will be very pleased.

JudgeHolden said...

Yeah, so?! So what I want to do a modern retelling of Willow?! SO what if I do?!

I hope it doesn't come off too pretentious on the very first page -- I wasn't trying to be. I was just trying to show the quiet before the storm, because in the next few pages, it gets very stormy. By stormy I mean violent. She's calming herself before she commits herself to the what she has to do next -- it's life and death stuff so she wants to be in the right headspace. So she takes in details like the ladybug, the distant skyline across the river (which also helps set up time and place a little). Also, ladybugs are supposed to be lucky, but as it soon becomes apparent, the woman with the ladybug on her shoe is, as we come into the story, decidedly UNlucky. She is after all, not a person who believes a whit in superstition or luck. If I ever draw those next pages, you'll see what I mean.

blankfist said...

it's not pretentious. Just giving you crap. Gosh! When did you get all sensitive? Panties and batting for the other team and all that.