Comic 741 - The Lost Spell of Baron Fontainebleu, Page 22

10th Apr 2018, 11:00 PM in The Lost Spell of Baron Fontainebleu
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Adam C. 10th Apr 2018, 11:00 PM edit delete
Adam C.
Lot to say on page. Tired. Work tonight. Must sleep. Comment when I clock out.
Martin F. 10th Apr 2018, 11:28 PM edit delete
Martin F.
Hey, Jake backstory!

Yeah, this is something that's been beaten around the bush quite a bit but has never really gone into explicit detail with before - there's a lot more to Jake than just being some guy the kids randomly ran into one day. As if that wasn't obvious from him being friends with the pixie queen I suppose.

Pretty happy with this page on the whole. Some good surreal images and I had fun just messing around with it. Plus it was a comparatively light page and that's pretty welcome at the moment.
Adam C. 11th Apr 2018, 2:18 AM edit delete
Adam C.
Yeah, I honestly enjoy making Jake's backstory pretty vague and nebulous, but wanted to elaborate that he's been going on bizarre and confusing adventures pretty much his entire life on a regular basis. Vespi is just one bizarre person he's met in the past.

Was neat drawing a younger version of Jake in both panels; the changes aren't major but you can tell he's a teenager in the second panel and in his twenties in the third. I think a lot of it is his expression; Jake constantly has this tired, worn-out expression on his face. Loved contrasting that with his "I think I might be insane!" one. It's not that he realized he's sane after all, he just got too tired to keep worrying about it.

I'm kinda pleased with how cool everyone's been with this aspect of Jake's past, since we plan to use it to set up future events. I especially like the idea that he just has a storage locker full of mythical and mysterious items he really doesn't care about; that was already kinda touched on when Vespi asked why he never used a weapon.

Mist, incidentally, is a character created by Martin way back. ^^ She miiight show up in the future, it's really not clear quite yet. Maybe the moth-men and devil-fellow as well, have vague ideas for how each could pop up.

If you're curious, in my head the moth-men were supposed to be bird-people, but when I was drawing them they were coming out really Falco-ish, so I switched it. Also I just think moths and octopi are really cool. The devil-man came about from me listening to the Dice House song from Cuphead along with a lot of Cab Calloway tunes.

Speaking of those two awesome panels, here's Martin's awesome coloring job on both, minus the Sepia.


Wolfintina 11th Apr 2018, 2:19 AM edit delete reply
Okay wow, well that certainly explains all the stuff in his room, wonder what's going to happen next.
Adam C. 13th Apr 2018, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heh... Yeah, imagine that's just the stuff he keeps close, too. ^^
Rastaba 11th Apr 2018, 2:58 AM edit delete reply
...I have wondered for the longest time of Jake’s almost nonchalance towards the life he is presently leading....and this does NOT disappoint! Enough detail to sate my needs to know with enough blanks for further discovery and questions when I am more awake to process them!

Best Jake-centric page ever!
Adam C. 13th Apr 2018, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heheh... Gladja liked. ^^ Was kinda unsure if this had been conveyed properly yet, and glad you enjoy the full(ish) story. I still wanna keep stuff mostly vague, but drawing him at younger ages DOES make me wanna do a full-on-flashback at some point.
Onasaki 11th Apr 2018, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
WE definitely needed this to come out. Maybe sooner, maybe not. But I feel this is a good spot. That also rhymed.

Anyway, glad to see some real backstory on Jake!

Also, check your PMs, Adam! >.>
Adam C. 13th Apr 2018, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Aww, thanks. ^^ It's really hard knowing where to reveal stuff, kinda just have to wait for it to feel natural.

Heh. I saw, will reply in a sec. ^^