Page 19! Seriously?! Wow, time really does fly when you’re having fun!

Well, welcome to November, gang! This is the month that we’ll close the book on Issue one! By next month we’ll be scratching the surface of issue 2– and let me tell ya, I’m excited to get there! The stuff we’ve got coming up is gonna knock your socks off!

Let’s dig in with some production notes on Page 19:

Coming off the heels of Alyssa’s confrontation on page 18, we’re giving Cally a “moment of reflection,” which is a writer-ly term for “talking out loud about the story” -note: not a real defination.
MoRs are often overlooked when you’re dealing with compressed storytelling formats like comic books, but they’re extremely important in terms of accenting character and heightening the stakes/drama of upcoming scenes. In a lot of ways, MoRs serve to build the framework for how characters will react in future situations.

Often, the MoR is really about the character re-iterating what the audience already knows– they just put their spin or viewpoint on it. The important part of the MoR is that the character should always come away with it realizing something.

In this case, it’s a bit of a soft-point: The reveal that Sears is a Co-Villain– something that I’m sure most of you put together, but I did feel the need to punctuate it for the casual reader.
As we’re wrapping up issue one, future readers will likely read this issue in one sitting; obviously you can’t control the pace at which they do so– some of them will race through it, while others will take their time. The punctuation is really to catch the casual reader…Since this is information that a lot of readers are probably aware of, or picked up on, we decided to turn the moment into a bit of a gag, which I think DJ pulled off very nicely.

Speaking of DJ, here’s something I hadn’t noticed until we started up the lettering revision for this page: Originally, the script called out for 5 panels, but he broke it up into 6– Now, this is fairly commonplace in comics, and I wholeheartedly defend any artist who chooses to forgo the script and add or remove panels. Visual pacing is their ballcourt, and you should always trust your artist’s instincts. It’s not that they’re ignoring the script, they just see a better way of communicating the idea.
Note: Yes, there are limits– I have heard horror stories of artists inserting fight scenes where there were none scripted– but that’s not what we’re talking about here. Honestly: yes, that happened to a friend of mine.
In the original script, panels 3 and 4 were called out to be one shot– but DJ decided to break it up into two smaller panels, which allowed creates a bit more dramatic movement– particularly in the sense that this is a page where Cally is doing a lot of “talking to herself in a classroom”– you want to make sure that it’s still visually interesting.

This is a pretty “talky” page, so Brant had his work cut out for him– It was a bit tough since I really wanted to get Mr. Everett’s Schrödinger’s Cat lecture in, and he had to deal with a lot of Cally’s CAP boxes– basically across three panels. But, being the champ he is, Brant managed to get it all in there AND maintain an eye-friendly reading layout.

If you’re a keen-eyed reader (or a physics professor,) you might notice that Mr. Everett is actually writing the equation for the Uncertainty Principal on the blackboard. Very nice touch on Brant’s part! (I also think he’s just stoked to letter something that ISN’T a banner for the Montauk High Dance!)

I still need to do that Lineart to Colors example to really showcase the depth that Lisa’s colors bring. Actually, if anyone knows a good (and easy) program for creating animated .gifs, please let me know.  I’m really in love with what she did for Panels 3 and 4– the shadow-line that she creates for Cally’s face is perfect.
Like we talked about on page 16, Lisa’s colors bring a “depth with lighting” effect to the page. Here, there’s a subtle shading on Cally’s face from Panels 3 to 4– where, as we move into her closeup, the lighting changes– causing an overall effect that she ever so slightly shifted between panels– and really, that’s the magic of comics: the illusion of what happens between panels.
You’ll see a lot more of this in the pages that close out Issue 1!

“RSS!! I LIKE IT!”

I do have a quick experiment I’d like to try out this week for those of your who read us on Google’s RSS reader (of which, I am one as well!)

For those unfamiliar with RSS, it’s a really, really, really, simple syndication feed (in fact, that’s what it stand for: Really Simple Syndication!) that you can use to keep track of many of the sites you visit.

Undoubtedly, you’ve seen that little orange symbol under our “Follow” sidebar on a lot of websites. That’s the RSS feed– The easiest way of accessing RSS feeds are if you’re a Google user– just click on it and choose to read it in Google Reader. You can do this for a lot of the sites you visit daily– basically, it’s like an inbox for your sites. Everytime they update: You’ll see them in your Reader.

Honestly, I can’t recommend it enough– It really does change the way you go about your internet day. It took me years before I finally decided to start using RSS feeds, and as soon as I did, I kicked myself for not using them sooner.

So, here’s a quick “ask” for those of you who do happen to follow via Google Reader: Could you do me a favor and click the “like” button under this entry– I’m curious to see if that does anything in terms of increasing traffic…I’ll report my “like” findings in Thursday’s blog!

RANKING!

So, November finds us with a reset Top Web Comics List– amazingly, we’re currently at 130! But– I know that won’t last past today or tomorrow– unleeeesssss, we get your votes!
We’ve kicked off to a pretty great lead, and here’s hoping that we can maintain it! Remember, our goalpost for the month is 140! You can help us get there by clicking below! Remember, you can do it once a day!

PLUGS AND THANKS!

First off, a big thank you to one of our readers, Nitz the Bloody, who held his 2nd annual Halloween Cosplay image– featuring the characters of his comic, Ruby’s World, dressed up as other characters! This year, we’re honored that Cally made it as one of said costumes! Thanks so much, Nitz! We loved it!

Also, I wanted to throw a quick shoutout/plug to our friend “Bald” Steve Earnhart, whose long running comic: Hard-Bullied, is now available for you to read on the Graphic.ly web interface!
I’ve got a big blog entry coming up about Graphic.Ly and digital comic readers, but for now, I’d urge you to download the Graphic.Ly platform and check it out. There’s a ton a free comics to read on there, so you can get a handle and your digital likes and dislikes.
The web reader (where you can check out Hard-Bullied) is coming along– but the Graphic.Ly app is where things really shine. Check out both and let us know what you think!

So that’s it for this week! I’ll be updating our TWC voting incentive in a bit, so make sure your following us on Twitter and/or Facebook for the updates!

Seeya back Thursday for the blog!