Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Today's script comes from this concert poster by Todd Slater.  As usual, the final product isn't necessarily directly related, but I hope you'll agree that the link is there.

1 - Deep space.  We're looking at the Milky Way.  Earth is in there somewhere, but it's too small to see.

CAPTION: In the grand scheme of things, one person's life is infinitely small and unbearably short.

2 - Still in space, but we've moved much closer and are now looking at Earth.

CAPTION: Some find this fact depressing, as if brevity diminishes a thing's worth.

3 - Closer still, we're now a bird's eye view of the countryside.  It is night time and a city is visible on the periphery of the panel, but most of the world is dark.

CAPTION: But why not look at it from the opposite perspective?

4 - Even closer.  Still bird's eye as we look down at a man walking through a field, carrying a case.

CAPTION: In a universe that is unbelievably large, every moment is invaluable.

5 - Worm's eye view (or something like it) of said person having set up a telescope through which they're looking up at a brilliant night sky.

CAPTION: Because there will always be new things to discover.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The School of Life

Lots of different things going on this past week, but among them is this script inspired by that same bug and shoe poster of last Monday.

1 - A stereotypical huckster (think boater hat, colourful jacket, and wide smile) stands next to a table with a cloth draped over it.  The cloth obscures what's underneath, but from the form, it's clear that there's something interesting there.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, a crowd of people - young and old - has gathered around the table to see what the fuss is about.  They look eager and excited.

CAPTION: As an entrepreneur, one must take risks and try new things.

2 - The huckster has moved behind the table, his back to the panel's focus.  He pulls back the sheet to reveal what's hidden beneath.  The crowd looks excited, but also confused.  The huckster's positioning on the page prevents the reader from seeing what the secret is.

CAPTION: They won't all be million dollar ideas.

3 - The huckster stands with his arm out in a "tadaa!" type pose (the sheet still hang from the hand that holds it).  Unfortunately, his audience is feeling as if their life depended on it - they're taking any and all effort to get the heck out of there.

CAPTION: But we can always learn from our mistakes.

4 - The huckster hangs his head, tired and defeated.  He's dropped the sheet.


5 - The focus of the bottom of the page.  We've switched from the huckster to look directly at his "creation" (which is the focus of this panel).  It's a little flea circus set up, with tiny trapeze wires, a centre ring, and all that good stuff.  The problem is that instead of fleas, the circus is filled with gross and disgusting cockroaches.  Obviously, they're not doing much beyond sitting around and being gross and disgusting.

CAPTION: I wish "cockroach circus" hadn't been one of my lessons.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Differences of Opinion

Inspired (loosely) by this concert poster from Travis Bone of Furturtle Show Prints (the site doesn't want me to post the image directly to the blog, so feel free to follow the link if you're interested).  I apologize that it's a little dark (although it was way darker originally).

1 - A man and a woman are in the midst of baking of some sort in their kitchen.  They're a bit messy, with flour and stuff on their clothes / hands / faces.  The woman playfully taps her finger on the man's nose, leaving some flour there.  It's all quite lovey dovey.

CAPTION: I wanted you all to myself.

2 - A little further along in the process, some dough sits on the counter with a rolling pin.  The man is now holding the woman's hands, as if engaging in a delicate conversation topic.  He looks a little pained, she's quite sad - potentially shedding some tears.

CAPTION: You wanted to know what else was out there.

3 - He turns to walk away, but she's picked up the rolling pin and cracks him over the head with it.  Some blood blossoms from the blow.  His expression goes blank.

CAPTION: We agreed to disagree.

4 - The counter forgotten, we have a slightly better look on the kitchen, particularly the floor and backdoor leading to the backyard.  A pool of blood sits on the floor, but it's marred by a trail of blood leading towards that backdoor (which is open).  If we can see outside, maybe see that there's some grass / field.

CAPTION: But upon further reflection.

5 - Far-off shot, 3/4 angle shot.  Part of the house is visible towards the bottom of the panel, but the main focus is the field behind the house, where the woman is in the process of shoveling the dirt back into the hole she's dug.  The man's body is, of course, not visible.

CAPTION: I think you should find out what the field has to offer.