Comic 479 - Blue vs. Green, Page 41

16th Oct 2015, 11:00 PM in Blue vs. Green
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Author Notes:

Adam C. 16th Oct 2015, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
So. The world's greatest magus was killed by a man with absolutely no magical knowledge, super-powers, or basic combat experience wielding a lighter.

.... Yeah. I genuinely wanna know what you guys feel looking at this page because I'm totally clueless what feelings this would invoke. Horror? Sadness? Relief? Silliness? I mean... it's a... A "person" screaming for his life as he slowly burns to death... But it's also the worst villain in the comic to date both in scope of power and maliciousness.... But it's also a friggin' tree. And the screaming is really over the top. I think the combination on variables with that is so out of the ordinary I dunno HOW I'm supposed to feel about this. And I'm the one who wrote it.

It gets even weirder when you consider that THIS is the first on-screen death for the comic. For Blues certainly, I think I asked Martin that question on all the comics as a whole and he mentioned something else. Not sure what it could've been.... So yeah, first death to take place on screen is... this.

I dunno, tree or not, it WAS an intelligent life-form with its own thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. I wanted to imply that in some ways it's not all that different from watching a person die. Then again, Salix did want to wipe out all mankind, so that kinda kills that impact a little bit.

The intention here was always that Salix would die via burning to death (again; Lord Of The Rings), and that Spencer would be the one to kill him after spending the rest of the chapter being useless. Originally the idea would be that Lore would pull him up by the roots and that would somehow leave him stunned enough to not be able to fight, then Spencer would kick him while he's down by burning him (arguing that it's not really murder; he's a tree). But when the chapter finally came around we kinda wanted to explore... certain ideas (discussed later this chapter), so changed it to be a last-ditch kill-or-be-killed sort of scenario. Had the side-effect of making Spencer look a lot better too, which I kinda liked. ^^

What do you guys think of the rain here? We really need to know 'cause an upcoming chapter in one of the comics is gonna have a LOT of it. We gotta make sure the rain looks right!

Oh, and if you're curious why Salix didn't just put the fire out with his magic, we have an explanation for it. It'll be in Wednesday's page.
Martin F. 17th Oct 2015, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Martin F.
Kind of blanking on what to say on this one, but am pretty happy with it, yeah. Think I'm starting to get a bit better at making fire look some sort of decent, though it's still not that great. Need to flesh it out some more.

Yeah, sort of blanking on specifics here I'm afraid. Eh, do still think the page came out nicely and is a suitably big finale for the fight. Not quite done in the forest just yet, but getting there.

Probably doesn't hurt to go ahead and mention now that the chapter is winding down and the current plan is for the comic to go on a hiatus for a little bit after it wraps up. This won't extend to Wright as Rayne, just going to be running some filler on Blues for a bit to ease up and get caught up on some work after a long, tough chapter.

Comments:

Reaper Dragon 17th Oct 2015, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
Reaper Dragon
The rain is clearly rain as your intention and doesn't cover to much of the image, so it works. I can't give constructive criticism but this is ok.
As for killing a tree - I'd remind him he's evil and suggested seeding a next generation, and may they be as powerful as he is/was.
I can't really add to or say I feel different from what you said. It's a weird point.
Adam C. 17th Oct 2015, 9:00 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Eh, be as constructively critical as you ilke, mate, we can take it. ^^ Thanks a lot for the input... I don't think Salix ever seeded another generation, though. He's the only one of him that might ever exist. Wherever he came from.
Wolfintina 17th Oct 2015, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
Are you talking about when Gollum jumped into Mt. Doom after the one ring? The rain looks fine. Salix burning down doesn't bother me, some battles can only end in death.
Adam C. 17th Oct 2015, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
No, the Ent things from Two Towers... They're so strong and unstoppable the only way to realistically beat one in a fight is to light it on fire. I think it's elaborated more in the books. Maybe... I never read any of the books past The Hobbit.

Appreciate the input on the rain and Salix. Means a lot. ^^