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.

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