TDM Page 69 and a Baseball Bat
Well, I suppose it is finally time to discuss this page. Funny enough, this was a page I really procrastinated on when drawing. When I read it in the script it seemed clear enough. A real showcase page. Hell, I helped write it.
It has one of my trademarks, the action hero-esque one-liner. You may have seen them previously in Black Snow, I can assure you they are all mine. I really enjoy them. I’m not sure what Alex thinks of them, but he allows me to include them.
Anyway, this page was where I think I really started to feel burnt out and began to struggle. Why? I don’t know. Maybe because it was an awesome moment in my head and I didn’t know how to deliver it on the page. Black Snow is finally showing some fight, taking out a main villain no less, and it was important to do it right.
I don’t love how it turned out. I remember redrawing the main panel several times trying to get it just right, and I never really achieved what I was going for. I don’t think it is bad, or anything. It’s pretty good, just not the stellar pop off the page, in your face moment I was hoping for.
And I can’t quite tell you why I feel that way. I just look at it and feel I should have done better…oh well. I think I captured the movement pretty well, and the expressions aren’t bad. It’s not like I could reference any real photos of someone getting smacked in the face with a bat…I tried!
I hope I captured the suddenness and surprise of this attack. It is not lost on me that Black Snow’s finest hour to date is a sneak attack with a weapon on a much more skilled, superior foe.
I didn’t use a sound effect here. Perhaps a -CRACK- would’ve enhanced things. I think I just forgot, though I’m always torn about using them. They seem silly and outdated. Do people really picture sounds when they read them? I don’t. It makes me think of the campy 60s Batman, and reminds me of comics’ limitations. But they seem to be a part of the accepted vernacular and I feel some need to include them.
That’s all for now. Look for me to review the other lingering pages, and for my break to come to an end soon.
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