Comic 686 - Lock Blue Up- Cover

3rd Oct 2017, 11:00 PM in Lock Blue Up
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Adam C. 3rd Oct 2017, 11:00 PM edit delete
Adam C.
Chapter 19! Lock Blue Up!

This is another case where both the title and cover were thought up by Martin; I've been getting better on coming up with that stuff myself, but was stumped on this one until he came up with something. This one is... shhorter than normal? It's definitely longer than the previous chapter but less happens in it, if that makes sense. Like, the last one was the shortest chapter Blues has ever had, but it was a pretty monumental one too.

For the record this is a classic case of "Covers Always Lie"; Marvelous Man doesn't lock the kids up. It just fits into both themes. As the filler made obvious we're visiting a prison this chapter and also dealing with the kids philosophically being "locked up" as they deal with not being heroes anymore.

One thing about the Covers Always Lie trope is I feel that a cover isn't really supposed to be a literal representation for what happens in a story; it's just supposed to convey a mood or feeling artistically. For a cover to really lie it would have to intentionally mislead you (like the previous cover outright implying that Marvelous Man would be fighting the kids instead of tattling being an attempt to play with expectations). Something that shows the events or feeling in an artistic sense I feel is what a cover is SUPPOSED to do.

Incidentally, the reason the kids are in their costumes in their prison cells is that we haven't seen them in costume for a while and I wanted to draw that again. Punches up the image a bit.
Martin F. 3rd Oct 2017, 11:08 PM edit delete
Martin F.
We've been pretty eager to get to this chapter for awhile, as you can imagine. Naturally gotta see where things go from where that last one left off after the ominous notes there. Not exactly going to be all sunshine and laughs from the word go in this one naturally.

Like Adam mentioned, yeah, the prison connection with the title and the cover is really just about conveying a mood and I don't really like doing that's dishonest or anything. Don't really feel like outright lying is something we really do all that much honestly, though sometimes it has its place, like making what's actually happening hit harder for what a departure from expectations it is like the last chapter did.

Not sure what else I've got but do hope everyone enjoys. Incidentally that cover box image comes from the 599th page - be hitting that a few pages in, which of course means we're coming up on the 600th.


Wolfintina 3rd Oct 2017, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
Whoa this is intense, and what does Grant have on his lap?
Rastaba 4th Oct 2017, 1:44 AM edit delete reply
Looks like Alex Rayne’s coat.