Comic 218 - Darker Blue, Page 9

1st May 2013, 12:00 AM in Darker Blue
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Author Notes:

Adam C. 1st May 2013, 12:00 AM edit delete
Adam C.
Yes, say hello to Darkskull...

There are two jokes in this chapter that always put a smile on my face whenever I see them. One is Su in the second panel doing the melodramatic, forlorn hair-tossle. Something about the pose really makes me grin.

That said, I'm really happy with how this page came out. The first two panels I'm really pleased with; the only one half of Fortress's face is shown so close to the camera came out very similar to how I've seen a lot of comics do. Also there's the gag that Lenore looks the same in Anti-Hero Vision as she does in real life. Obvious gag but had fun with it.

Anyway, we also see that Tomboy and Devil-Kid again... That red-headed girl clutching Su? Funny thing; I think I drew her to half-look like Dr. Crusher since I'm guessing I had TNG on for noise that night and Martin sends her back with red hair and a blue dress. Didn't even tell him that's who I was thinking of. ^^

Also, Lenore's line about tentacles is referring to someone. I don't wanna say who because I don't want him showing up here. If you've seen him, you know what I mean.
Martin F. 1st May 2013, 1:10 AM edit delete
Martin F.
Yeah, Lenore seems to provide a lot of joke fodder. Adam has more plans for ones involving her moving forward, should be fun to see them in execution.

Speaking of execution, looks like Darkskull's here to deliver some! His design went through a lot of redesigns, including this stone-looking helmet thing that kind of looked too good to be used on a character like this, but kind of a funny story on this particular look.

Basically, Adam fired off a quick pic with this basic outfit in mind, and a slight art style change, with a note on it to let him know if I came up with any further ridiculous ideas. Then he got offline for a bit or something, and when he got back on I gave him this huge list of like twenty things - the ponytail, his eyes not having any pupils or... the inner eyes or whatever we settled on those being (see the newest Wright as Rayne for info on this), the skull on his gun that we saw on the cover, his dog tags, the arm hair, going with shorts of uneven length and kickpads instead of pants... For some reason that initial design just gave me a ton of ideas for him, many of which were integrated into the final product.

As for why Su is in greyscale inexplicably, basically I did the clothes first and kind of liked the look of how she was still all-white and it gave me the idea of going monochrome with it. It's random, but eh.
Adam C. 1st May 2013, 1:17 AM edit delete
Adam C.
Yeah, Martin's ideas really made Darkskull become fully realized. ^^ At first it was merely bad, but once I put in his notes it was so bad I couldn't look at it without groaning. That was when I knew it was perfect.
Martin F. 1st May 2013, 1:22 AM edit delete
Martin F.
Oh, right, while we're on the subject, don't get too attached to those wing things. Adam's already said that he's not drawing those in subsequent appearances.
Adam C. 1st May 2013, 1:24 AM edit delete
Adam C.
Heh... Actually, subtle joke with that; those are obviously bulging up in real-life-vision since they don't fit under the cloak, but the cloak stays smooth in Anti-Hero-Vision. Weird, huh?

I did have to move them in the first panel further to the left so we could see Su, though....

Comments:

Wolfintina 1st May 2013, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
Have you even decided on Lenore's powers yet Adam? and the cast page indicates that she doesn't even have a last name, and on the Blue Mugshots page on the DA mirror Darkskull was wearing a helmet and now the order of appearance is messed up, Darkskull was after McCay and somebody else.
Adam C. 1st May 2013, 3:04 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heheh... I'm pretty sure I've settled on Lenore's powers now; what I've got in mind has a use to the story.

Ah, the villain thing? Heh... Need to re-do that sometime. Plenty of villains who haven't premiered yet I was thinking about. Order was already messed up by Shinobu though. Though the other guy..... heh. Yeah, it'll be a while before you see him.
karma chameleon 1st May 2013, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
I can kinda see Aurora being like his mentor at the "hospital" already. Also, a big fan of Su-xy Vision.
Adam C. 2nd May 2013, 3:27 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Yeah, it's not exactly hard to picture Darkskull ending up at the madhouse. ^^ Glad someone else likes that joke as much as me.
Gary 9th May 2013, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
man with tenclues...does it rhyme with bender fan
makogun2000 6th Jan 2017, 2:48 AM edit delete reply
makogun2000
I find it funny that Lenore is the only thing in panel 2 that is the same as panel 1. It's like Darkskull is acknowledging the fact that she is just a bit too *off* for most people.
Adam C. 7th Jan 2017, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heh.. New commenter. ^^ But yeah, gladja like that touch. Was just a cute gag.