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March 29th, 2012

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Zip’s Last Day

(R; Crime/Horror) A corrupt FBI agent arrives in Boston to solve what looks like a murder mystery. As he tracks down clues, the case evolves into something much more bizarre. Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

Expressing both flashback and current time in the same panel was a challenge! Making a prelude page would’ve been a lot easier, but would delay the main action. Obviously the flashback dialog had to be in some type of visual container. My first draft was an instant message/chat style, but that looked too modern for a couple of middle-aged Irish FBI agents. After lots of trial-and-error, I settled on the old-school typewriter design. Does it work?

With that settled, cramming in the autopsy reports, as well as a specific part of Commonwealth Avenue in Panel 3, was almost no effort at all.

Don’t let me see that naked on payday” is a line from the late, great comedian Robin Harris.

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