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December 14th, 2011

Here I Am Page 01 of 04 Comments about this page

Here I Am

(PG; Drama) Alone on an urban rooftop, our protagonist decides to end his life of fulfilling every else’s expectations. Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

An architectural historian told me these buildings couldn’t literally exist as shown. The type of roof top decoration in Panel 1 bottom right wouldn’t be used for skyscraper-height buildings. However, the page design reflects the protagonist’s state of mind, prone to self-centered exaggeration. The building’s height expands as Brian McGee’s fear increases. By that logic he’d never hit bottom, but the page looks really cool.

Talk Back! Most recent of (3)

Take a Leap of Faith

Line O | Posted on December 14th, 2011 at 10:32 pm   

Sometimes you just have to disregard the advise of roof-experts for the sake of artistic awesomeness. And I am glad you did! 🙂

Here's Your No-Prize, True Believer!

Jesse Farrell | Posted on December 18th, 2011 at 8:11 pm   

This may sound strange, but I love learning things through errors artists have made, like that building fact cited above. It’s amazing how many things we include without stopping to check reality against what we think we saw (although I like your cover-story that it has to do with the character’s overinflated imagination- a No-Prize to you, True Believer!)

Interesting work here, no sign of nowadays-Dave’s work that I can see, but still a well composed and drawn page.

re: Here's Your No-Prize, True Believer!

David Marshall | Posted on December 19th, 2011 at 10:20 am   

Wikipedia entry: “A No-Prize is a faux award given out by Marvel Comics to readers. Originally for those who spotted continuity errors in the comics, the current “No-Prizes” are given out for charitable works or other types of “meritorious service to the cause of Marveldom”. As the No-Prize evolved, it was distinguished by its role in explaining away potential continuity errors. Rather than rewarding fans for simply identifying such errors, a No-Prize was only awarded when a reader successfully explained why the continuity error was not an error at all.”

Originally implemented in 1964, the conceptual No-Prize given to blooper-spotters as mentions in the comics’ letters pages. As time passed, the physically non-existent prize was in high demand. Starting in 1967, Marvel mailed pre-printed empty envelopes (lettered by Sam Rosen) that said “Congratulations, this envelope contains a genuine Marvel Comics No-Prize which you have just won!”

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