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April 13th, 2013

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Twilight’s Last Gleaming

(R: Violent Satire) Blade kills Twilight, bringing a sparkling franchise to a bloody conclusion. Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

Blade’s line in the first panel, as well as the falling pose of the second panel, comes directly from Blade. The taser effect is exaggerated, but referenced. The lead detective started off as Jack Webb, who played & created Joe Friday for the radio and TV show Dragnet. While I couldn’t pull off Jack’s likeness, his flat lecture style was perfect for the “Crime does not pay” punchline. It also connects to Wesley Snipes’ real-life tax evasion.

The punchline looked “blah” in my usual lettering style. As an experiment, I recreated the 1940s comic book Crime Does Not Pay logo. (Calligraphy nerds will notice “Does NOT Pay” comes from the comic’s interior pages.)

“THE END” had to reflect the story. It was orginally going to just be the Clapperboard on the floor covered in blood. I decided to continue the “Crime Does Not Pay” theme with the comic’s ghostly narrator Mister Crime. Looking at the finished product now, I think the bloody clapperboard would have been enough.

The cop/Blade “not real vampires” joke written by Jesse Farrell.

Talk Back! Most recent of (2)

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Melvin Cartagena | Posted on September 19th, 2014 at 4:34 pm   

I enjoyed how direct and yet how brief this story is. In just a couple of pages there’s wit, satire, action, comedy, irony, and reference. A good example of comics doing what other forms of storytelling can’t.

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David Marshall | Posted on September 20th, 2014 at 1:59 pm   

Thanks, Melvin. You perfectly summed up one of my main objectives as a comics creator — to do something unique to comics!

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