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August 24th, 2011

Encore Page 02 of 11 Comments about this page

Encore

(R; Horror/Crime/Social Commentary) This supernatural revenge thriller exposes the side effects of one man’s built-up frustrations. Our protagonist is a CPA who, in a race against rigor mortis, seeks revenge on the bank robbers who murdered him. Published in Taboo, a horror anthology published by SpiderBaby Grafix. Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

In the first few panels, the robbers are heavily stylized, based on a thin-line look I thought would make me ink faster. Silly cartoonist. Crosshatching with a technical pen was dumb and time-consuming. I was probably get the look of old-fashioned dip pens, without the mess. Tech pens, however, are designed for a slow, deliberate mark-making. This ate up a lot of time without looking very professional. This is where my “young buck genius” ended.

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Gun Play, Gun Placement

Alan J. Groening | Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 2:06 am   

the gun in the fourth panel looks slightly awkward the direction it’s point over his shoulder… i would have assumed it would still be pointing at the reader… i think showing the gun barrel again instead of the butt end of the gun would be much more effective here…
thats my two cents worth…

Two Cents Makes Much Sense

David Marshall | Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 11:20 am   

Alan, your two cents always have value here. In these tough times, I’ll take what I can get. Based on those cents, I’m gonna take a wild guess and say that you’ll love the last page.

I still think Panel 4 holds up as is, however. We already have a “looking down the barrel” shot in Panel 2, so it would’ve been visually redundant (in that Frank Miller/Doonsbury by way of Harvey Kurtzman way). Showing the villain’s gleeful expression while in the act of getting away is a critical element to the storytelling. Besides, we wouldn’t want to waste the hours of research I spent getting the guns right. Looking at it now, I still wish the drafting was better.

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