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The World's Slowest Foot Chase

(R; Slice of Life) One crippled old man chases another, each screaming deadly threats like a Tourette syndrome procession. Just another day in Inman Square.

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By David Marshall March 16th, 2011 Categories: Post |

(G; Fiction) Children based on classic science fiction film heroes try stopping an equally famous monster from trashing the city.

Hopefully the story itself is entertaining; but it wouldn’t exist without the story behind the story. This page started off as a content-free demonstration tool for my Art of the Comic Book class class. By the time I got home, it was just a sheet of Bristol paper with random ink lines (straight borders, compass circles), pencilled 1-point perspective and Ames Lettering Guide lines. Teaching this class for a few years now, I’ve quite a stack of expensive, useless sheets.

Little Nemo in Slumberland - November 27, 1905

Little Nemo in Slumberland, November 27 1905

As a hobby, I’m trying to transform these scraps into coherent stories. To do this, the content has to be led by the form — a 180 degree turn from my usual approach. The visual design is based on a Windsor McCay “Little Nemo in Slumberland” page. The story was then developed around the center caption:

“But Nemo’s suggestion was a fact and before he could warn his parents, he lost his balance and fell. Although very busy, he screamed ‘farewell’ and …”

The monster is based on Fin Fang Foom. Nemo is based on my son and Flash Gordon of the Buster Crabbe serials. The other kid’s modeled after Spock, specifically from the 2009 Star Trek film. I colored in Photoshop with a color swatch based on the palette Marvel used in the late 1960s.

Hopefully all this process chatter doesn’t stop you from enjoying GrubHub Delivery.

– David Marshall, WordPressing from The Precinct on two beers near midnight

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