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September 1st, 2011

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(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.

I was more concerned with storytelling than rendering when producing these pages more than 20 years ago. In that light, the art still holds up. The drafting errors, all in the first panel, make me cringe. Harvard Avenue looks like a 1-way street with no parking lanes. The car is a 1986 BS Sedan and out of perspective. The fire hydrant is 5 feet tall.

Staying with Panel 1, even the subliminal storytelling’s off. The first robber in the car reaches to unlock the passenger-side rear door. This makes no sense. Why would he have run past the car, enter through the driver’s-side rear, then open the opposite door from inside? Why would the door be locked in the first place? Where was the harsh advice of Alex Toth when I needed it?

Talk Back! Most recent of (2)

That fire hydrant's fine!

Line Olsson | Posted on September 1st, 2011 at 8:25 am   

I like that you critique your own work from the past. I also need to put stuff away for a bit, then look at them to see what doesn’t work. It’s sometimes hard to see, and in your case the artwork seems so perfect and polished, I wouldn’t have noticed that the fire hydrant was bigger than normal if you hadn’t pointed it out. The guy in the back seat seems to lock the car door behind him, I don’t see a huge problem with him. I love the black & white contrasts, and the effect is has on the overall composition in these panels, it’s damn professional!

re: That fire hydrant's fine!

David Marshall | Posted on September 1st, 2011 at 10:45 am   

Thanks for the careful look, Line. When not adding much-needed glamor to Boston Comics Roundtable meetings, Line-O draws comics with her trademark style. Her latest is a pirate fantasy called “Open Fire!” (written by Troy Minkowsky). Stabbings never looked this elegant.

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