Friday, October 20, 2017

Inktober - Practice Made Perfect - Page 4

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As discussed previously, we're working from Simon Fletcher's InkTober prompts, specifically the fifth group of four from the Steampunk list - The Portuguese Count, The Pickpocket Boys, "Rusty", and "Wings".

Page 4

1 - We're back at Wings and Rusty's horde of treasure. Much of the treasure, sculpture, and art from the previous page is now among the riches spread all about. Wings and Rusty stand on their platform. Rusty is pouring some treasure / art out of his checked luggage, looking sad and down. Wings puts a hand on Rusty's shoulder, trying to reassure him.

WINGS: Don't worry about it, Rusty...

2 - Back in the planning room. Wings spreads another huge blueprint onto the table. This one is a castle with all manner of ridiculous defenses: "giants", "self-confidence", "a good offense" - that kind of thing.

CAPTION (WINGS): "I heard about this Baron in Belarus..."

3 - Wings is looking closely at the blueprint; Rusty pauses, looking like he's worried / just noticed something

RUSTY: Wait...

4 - Back at the Count's manor. Bandit is driving the excavator machine and has broken the heck out of the manor. Currently Bandit is digging out a giant dinosaur bone from the ground. Bandit has a huge doggy grin on his face, tongue lolling in excitement.

CAPTION (RUSTY): "Where's Bandit?"

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Inktober - Practice Made Perfect - Page 3

Previous page.

As discussed previously, we're working from Simon Fletcher's InkTober prompts, specifically the fifth group of four from the Steampunk list - The Portuguese Count, The Pickpocket Boys, "Rusty", and "Wings".

Page 3

1 - Rusty and Wings are at airport, checking into their flight. Wings is wearing a huge backpacking backpack, with a number of the items from the previous page (and others that didn't appear) poking out from various flaps or tied on awkwardly (the clarinet is hanging from a strap, for example). For his part, Rusty is watching as two airline employees struggle to place his checked bag on the conveyor belt - it's enormous and clearly overweight. Bandit stands between them on a leash (possibly attached to Wings' backpack).

CAPTION: And so.

RUSTY: Please be careful with that. Some of the contents are very fragile.

2 - On the plane. Rusty and Wings are flying coach. They're in a three-seat row, with a very uncomfortable man sitting between them (both because he's surrounded by all-star thieves and because there's not a lot of space). He looks at them plaintively. Wings is reading the airline magazine. Rusty is looking out the window, Bandit in his lap.

CAPTION: Er...

PASSENGER: D-do you wanna switch seats?

RUSTY: Naw.

WINGS: We're good.

3 - At their destination. Wings and Rusty stand at the luggage carousel. It's empty and all the other passengers are gone. Rusty's big checked bag is conspicuously absent. Wings admonishes her colleague. Bandit is also getting impatient, maybe rolling his doggy eyes.

CAPTION: Getting closer?

WINGS: I told you not to check your luggage.

4 - Finally outside the Count's manor - it is familiar from the previous page's blueprints. Rusty races towards the door like a maniac, holding the pogostick above his head like an axe. Wings is driving the excavator, sending its digger part towards the building's wall. Bandit may also be about, racing towards the door with the bolt cutters in his mouth. If possible, put a little envelope attached to the front door - it's a note left for our protagonists.

CAPTION: Finally!

RUSTY: Let's get this party...

5 - Interior of the mansion. We're in an enormous front entrance that is completely devoid of occupants. Rusty has smashed through the front door, with part of the door (and the envelope) sitting near his feet. Wings has followed him in and is leaning down to pick up the envelope. Bandit has stopped, dropped the bolt cutters and is scratching himself. It's adorable. There's also a massive hole in part of the wall where the excavator digger broke through. Frame so the characters are small and far away.

RUSTY (quietly): ...started?

6 - Wings has opened the envelope and reads the letter within. Rusty looks over her shoulder, eager to know what it says.

RUSTY: What's it say?

WINGS: Aw, man! He's already abandoned the manor!

7 - Switch to the manor's treasure trove. It's not quite on par with Rusty and Wings', but it's still impressive. Maybe have lots of sculpture and art, plus shiny metals and gems.

CAPTION (WINGS): "We can have anything we want."

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Inktober - Practice Made Perfect - Page 2

Previous page.

As discussed previously, we're working from Simon Fletcher's InkTober prompts, specifically the fifth group of four from the Steampunk list - The Portuguese Count, The Pickpocket Boys, "Rusty", and "Wings".

Page 2

1 - Rusty and Wings stand in a room with an enormous wooden table. They're looking at a blueprint of an enormous castle. It has all manner of security measures - a moat with alligators, drawbridge, electric fence, dragon - that kind of thing. Rusty and Wings looks at each other eagerly.

RUSTY: I've heard of a count in Portugal with all the best protective measures.

WINGS: Sounds perfect.

2 - Close on Wings' hands grabbing some lock picks.

CAPTION (WINGS): "Let's get some supplies."

3 - Close on Rusty's hands closing a set of bolt cutters.

SFX: snip!

4 - Close on Wings wearing an intense pair of night vision goggles (Splinter Cell-esque) on top of her insect compound eye goggles.

NO COPY

5 - Close on Rusty clutching a ridiculous number of fireworks to his chest.

NO COPY

6 - Close on Wings' hand holding a clarinet.

NO COPY

7 - Close on Rusty picking up a pogostick.

NO COPY

8 - Wings is climbing into an enormous excavator machine. It's absolutely huge, dwarfing her with its size.

NO COPY

9 - Rusty slaps his hands on his thighs to call over a super cute dog who looks excited about the whole world.

RUSTY: C'mon, Bandit!

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Inktober - Practice Made Perfect - Page 1

As discussed previously, we're working from Simon Fletcher's InkTober prompts, specifically the fifth group of four from the Steampunk list - The Portuguese Count, The Pickpocket Boys, "Rusty", and "Wings".

Page 1

1 - We're looking at a Money Box / dragon horde-level of gold, treasure, gems, and various valuables. Maybe a focus on the riches, but also show two sets of feet and legs (belonging to Wings and Rusty) standing towards the top or side of the panel, along with a waterfall of new prizes raining down onto the already sizable collection (as Wings and Rusty are pouring their latest loot to join the rest).

WINGS (off-panel): Hey Rust...

2 - Flashback. Wings (who is a woman with artificial insect wings and goggles that give her the appearance of having compound eyes) is flying away from a party filled with rich socialites carrying two bags filled with valuables that she has stolen. The (now poorer looking) elites stand good-naturedly, resigned to the fact that there was nothing they could have done.

CAPTION (WINGS) "...do you ever worry that we've gotten too good at thieving?"

SOCIALITE 1: There's no way we could possibly stop her

SOCIALITE 2: We may as well forget about this and move on with our lives.

3 - Back at the treasure horde, but now focused on Wings and Rusty. Rusty is a sturdy looking robot that is made of a rusting metal (maybe copper so you can get that nice dull brown and old greens). Wings looks a little disappointed, while Rusty is looking pensive.

RUSTY: You know, now that you mention it...

4 - Flashback. Rusty is holding up a bank, but the manager has opened the vault and is directing Rusty in. Some other members of the bank stuff are happily filling bags with money and other riches. Rusty has turned one of his hands into a weapon of some variety, but it's mostly forgotten in his surprise and disbelief.

CAPTION (RUSTY): "...I think it might be a real concern."

RUSTY: Are you sure I can't threaten you or something?

BANK STAFF: Naw, that's fine.

MANAGER: Yeah, we've already made our peace that, in a world where you ply your trade, that money was never really ours.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

InkTober - Burn After Reading - Page 4

Previous page.

As discussed previously, we're working from Simon Fletcher's InkTober prompts, specifically the fourth group of four from the Steampunk list - The Good Copper, The Bad Copper, The Doc, and The Illusionist.

Page 4

1 - On Ferand, lying on his back amidst the rubble from the ceiling collapsing. He has a big ol' piece of rubble lying across his ribs / stomach, and it's crushed him pretty good. He looks to be in some serious pain / on the way out.

CYNTHIA (off-panel): Fer!

2 - Cynthia is kneeling next to Ferand's head, trying to reassure him. She looks really shaken; he looks like he's fading but determined to get a point across before all is said and done. Frame so the debris killing him is off-panel and not visible.

CYNTHIA: Stay with me!

FERAND: Cynth.

CYNTHIA: I've already called for medevac.

FERAND: Cynth!

3 - On Ferand's hand point at Cynthia's still glowing antenna. Her eyes look up towards it guiltily.

FERAND: This is on you.

4 - On Cynthia's antenna, now no longer glowing.

FERAND (off-panel) (trailing off): Make it right.

5 - Close on Ferand's hand, now lying on the floor, lifeless. The white rabbit from page 1 (now with a generous splash of red all over him) is nibbling / sniffing at his finger again.

CYNTHIA: ...Fer?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

InkTober - Burn After Reading - Page 3

Previous page.

As discussed previously, we're working from Simon Fletcher's InkTober prompts, specifically the fourth group of four from the Steampunk list - The Good Copper, The Bad Copper, The Doc, and The Illusionist.

Page 3

1 - Close on Prometheus' forearm as a huge blade slides out, pushing a foot or two beyond its hand.

PROMETHEUS (off-panel): Now, Mr. Fawkes.

SFX: shnkt!

2 - On Cynthia still sitting / lying on the floor, looking on in horror at Prometheus cutting off Fawkes' head (an action that is occurring off-panel). Blood is splattering all over Cynthia and the wall behind and floor below her. It's pretty gratuitous.

PROMETHEUS (off-panel): You have something I require.

FAWKES (off-panel): nonono--!

SFX: SPLRCH!

3 - On Prometheus smashing a hole through the wall to the outside world by throwing his entire body / shoulder through it. Debris flies every which way as the robot sails through with ease. You don't need to draw attention to it, but its arm should be pretty bloody and it should be holding Fawkes' severed head (maybe like a football).

SFX: Krakka-boom!

4 - Cynthia is up and running towards the open hole in the wall, gun drawn and ready. Fawkes' body is lying discarded on the ground, positioned in some way that the fact that it doesn't have a head anymore isn't immediately apparent (maybe behind something or in a shadow). Except, of course for the fact that blood is pooling out around where the head should be.

CYNTHIA: Shit. We gotta go after it, Fer.

5 - Outdoor shot looking at the outside of the building. Ferand and Cynthia are on the top floor. The apartment is generally unremarkable, save for the hole Prometheus made in the wall through which we can see Cynthia. She looks behind her back into the room.

CYNTHIA: ...Fer?

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

InkTober - Burn After Reading - Page 2

Previous page.

As discussed previously, we're working from Simon Fletcher's InkTober prompts, specifically the fourth group of four from the Steampunk list - The Good Copper, The Bad Copper, The Doc, and The Illusionist.

Page 2

1 - Ferand is over at Fawkes, grabbing the dopey would-be magician and dragging him towards the door. In his rush, Ferand has knocked over all manner of Fawkes' magic tricks, which Fawkes does not appreciate (maybe reaching to try to catch some of the stuff as it falls).

FAWKES: Hey!

FERAND: This is great, but we gotta go. B3.5K could be here at any moment. That means we want to be anywhere else.

2 - Cynthia stands in Ferand and Fawkes' way, trying to calm the situation down a bit, her hands up trying to placate Ferand's fear.

CYNTHIA: Fer, relax. There's no way the Surgeon knows where we are.

3 - The roof above our three characters is smashed inwards with an incredible force from above. The focus is on the roof falling in and the debris falling down. Cynthia is on one side, falling backwards, while Ferand pushes Fawkes away on the other side.

SFX: SMASH!

4 - On a huge robot (B3.5K aka the Surgeon aka Prometheus) standing amidst the rubble from the ceiling that it just smashed in. It has a huge upper body / torso, connected to some equally huge arms and hands, sitting atop some massive legs. It is, however, without a head the way a human would have one. Instead, the shoulders continue across the torso uninterrupted, with the "face" portions built into the middle of the upper-body (kind of like this thing from Calum Watt but maybe not quite as ginormous). Maybe have Cynthia lying in the foreground, back to the reader and looking towards Prometheus, but not necessary.
LETTERING NOTE: I always love a square, electric-y word balloon for robots and Prometheus is no exception.

PROMETHEUS (1): But there is, Agent Vasquez.

PROMETHEUS (2): And please, call me Prometheus.

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