Comic 255 - Blues in the Night, Page 14

7th Sep 2013, 12:00 AM in Blues in the Night
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Author Notes:

Martin F. 7th Sep 2013, 12:00 AM edit delete
Martin F.
This page marks a shift in the tone of the chapter, I think. It'll become more obvious over the next few pages, but even just here I think Adam did a good job of having a pretty sudden change in the mood.

The lines on the TV here I'll let Adam go into, since it's all pretty thematically appropriate. I'm well-familiar with the source myself, but he is the author and all so better to let him handle it.

Also, that shading. I am wanting to play around with shading more - now that I've been discovering the joys of one particular feature in Manga Studio I'll probably be doing that soon enough. I kind of want to get to the point of having it be a consistent sort of thing, though I need to practice with it some more before I can start doing it in the comics for more than just one-off cases like this.
Adam C. 7th Sep 2013, 8:49 PM edit delete
Adam C.
Sorry my comments are late everyone; internet troubles.

Eheh... I guess the fact that I'm hiding the eyes is getting especially apparent now... It's leading up to something folks, don't worry.

This page required a lot of clean-up, mostly the stuff on the floor behind McCay. In general, I've found my artwork was very sloppy now that we're made the coloring switch, and trying to work hard to improve it. Especially given how nice that shading came out. ^^

I was kinda debating how much stuff to mention McCay doing mentally now that he has the Blue Gene, but figured this would be a good number. Idea is that his intelligence was already considerably high before the treatment and this pushed him onto a new level. Likewise, tried to think of some new, obsessive things to do to keep his mind occupied.

It's weird; I just stuck Dr. Downes in with the Medic-Resemblance as a simple Easter Egg while I set up McCay, and he winds up turning up quite a lot. Heh... If anything, it's sorta embarrassing.

The dialog on the TV is from an episode of The Twilight Zone, specifically, "90 Years Without Slumbering," an old episode starring comedian Ed Wynn. It plays through both this episode and the next; if you have Netflix, you can check this episode out in Season 5. A lot of folks complain about the ending, it's even brought up as a major problem in the companion book for the series, but I personally enjoyed it.

Comments:

Wolfintina 7th Sep 2013, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
Okay this is getting downright spooky, McCay seems to be slipping, and it looks like how bloodshot his eyes are isn't the only thing he's hiding.
Adam C. 10th Sep 2013, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
We'll have to see, won't we? ^^