(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.