Comic 516 - Based On A Blue Story- Page 21

20th Feb 2016, 12:00 AM in Based On A Blue Story
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Adam C. 20th Feb 2016, 12:00 AM edit delete
Adam C.
Okay, there. That's the last flashback page. I know it's been two solid weeks of this one escalating joke, but I really hope you guys didn't get too sick of it. I did love this sequence though because every single flashback changes the presentation on Qure just a liiiittle bit more.

The Watchmen panels took a lot more work than you might expect. Martin and I looked up specific panels from the Watchmen chapter involving Rorschach's backstory and tried to mimic the framing and scenery as close as possible. Quartz's face-mask even has the same blotches as Rorschach's in the appropriate panels. Martin especially went the extra mile on this one. ^^

This was another joke we had planned from the start with Quartz, though for a while it was unclear what it was gonna be. Originally it was planned that the plagiarized comic-book tragedy would be Gwen Stacy's death, and was really split before we went with Rorschach's backstory. I think we picked the latter because it was so incredibly specific, which would make the fact that he's passing it off as his own even funnier. Plus it has the additional joke of "What kind of ten-year-old reads Watchmen?"

The whole thing about Quartz claiming he never heard of Watchmen and then going on to allude to things in it is a reference to Brad Bird. The guy's a really talented animation giant who wrote and directed The Incredibles, which according to him he did without having even heard of either Watchmen or the Fantastic Four. Which is an absurdly bold-faced lie. It'd be like Mel Brooks standing at the premiere for Space Balls claiming he didn't know what Star Wars was.

Y'know, how we do the swearing-blurbs is I just actually put the swear word in the page, then in post someone add the little scribble to blot it out. I was just glancing at the page thinking of what to say in the comments when I noticed I'd forgotten to scribble that one out, meaning this almost got posted with it included. Made the scribble blue this time; seems more fitting.
Martin F. 20th Feb 2016, 12:08 AM edit delete
Martin F.
Yeah, really went all out trying to get the look of the Watchmen panels as right as possible. Not 100% naturally but I added a lot of details - including the extra detail on the stove which wound up being covered by the dialogue anyway - to try and make it look as right as possible. Though the top of said stove's different from the in the comic anyway so kind of a moot point there.

Initially Adam was kind of split on whether or not to have had it so Grant had actually read Watchmen, which was kind of a point of confusion for it, but it seemed like he's enough of a comics diehard he would have, regardless of how dark it is. And it is indeed very dark if you haven't read it, though also pretty awesome. And if you've only seen the movie, yeah, still seriously should read it. There's a lot of stuff that got left out or that the movie doesn't properly explain.

Wanting to say there was some other point I wanted to bring up on this page and don't know what it was exactly. Still, hopefully everyone enjoys!


Wolfintina 20th Feb 2016, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
Okay somebody like Quartz who's had their sanity stripped away until absolutely nothing was left belongs in a mental hospital, no wonder his auto-biography got rejected.
Adam C. 20th Feb 2016, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
HA! I was hoping somebody'd remember the autobiography line. ^^
Reaper Dragon 20th Feb 2016, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
Reaper Dragon
A certain flying caped hero has a major costume change between panels 3 and 4.
Adam C. 20th Feb 2016, 4:08 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heheh... Gag is that Grant is sort of "intruding" on Quartz flashback by interrupting it, so we're briefly seeing Grant in this Watchmen-fantasy. To compliment it, his costume is a mesh of his Songbird one and Nite-Owl's. His coloring changes too, getting closer the book's blond-haired, blue-eyed hero Ozymandias.