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April 28th, 2011

Dead by the Pool Page 02 of 09 Comments about this page

Dead by the Pool

(R; Action/Psychological Drama/Sexual Content) Our vengeful nerd fights to the death against a corporate enemy. He dies, then parties in a lustful Purgatory. Surrounded by posers, bouncers and bondage models, will he return to the living? Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

These pages were created with a PowerBook G4 and Wacom tablet. Having a full-time web design job restricted my comics time to before/after work and on weekends. Most of that time was spent in the 1369 Coffee House of Cambridge MA. Staff and fellow customers offered encouragement and in-process feedback. For instance, the ghosts and drowning pictures were afterthoughts, retained after getting their feedback.

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Dead by the Pool - Nice Acoustics

Carl Tsui | Posted on April 28th, 2011 at 9:02 am   

Nice establishing shot. The acoustics in there must be something that she can talk in a normal voice and be heard at the far end of such a large space though. 🙂 Also, I expected to see McQuestion’s belt that holds his phone. Nice work with the reflection though. Keep going!

re: Dead by the Pool - Nice Acoustics

David Marshall | Posted on April 28th, 2011 at 12:36 pm   

As always, thanks for chiming in Carl. With none of those pesky living people splashing about, I’m sure the secretary’s voice would’ve carried over just fine. McQuestion’s missing belt, however, is a result of sloppy drafting on my part. I tried to make his gut flop over the belt line, but got distracted by making the Dennis Franz likeness accurate. That damn “zooming in” can really kill the overall page!

Thanks also for your comments about the reflections. I was trying to suggest that McQuestion’s been killing people for years, preying on those who wouldn’t know the difference. I worried about this being too subtle. At the Dave’s Inky Stories exhibit of 2002, a few people — including Sam’s grandmother Joyce — got the ghosts thing right away.

Carl Tsui has been readin’, writin’ and drawin’ comics for years. His new blog Sputnikx focuses on his “nuts to bolts” comics creation process. He’s also a pilot.

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