Friday, August 31, 2012

Starship Troopers: The Exterminator - Niel Jacoby


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Panel 1: an Exterminator, dressed in all black with a pair of gray night-vision goggles pushed onto his forehead the only real color on him, sits at a computer terminal(think what people from the mid-late 90s would think a 2005 laptop would look like) in his hideout, which has no visible doors and a directional microphone stand passing as a satellite dish in the only window, which is tinted. Each wall except for the one with the window has a seat and a listening station for listening in to the conversations in the neighboring rooms, each numbered. The terminal is the only light in the room and just barely illuminates the room enough for these to be visible.

Caption(terminal): TODD COSGRIFF, EXTERMINATOR, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ECO PARKWAY INTELLIGENCE STATION, AUGUST 12, 2025. WIRETAP FEEDS REPORT NO SIGN OF ARACHNID COLLUSION YET. AM ABOUT TO START LISTENING DUTY, SECOND POST AT 0200 HOURS.

Panel 2: the Exterminator sits at the post labeled 2, with a pair of headphones on(think the type airplane pilots use, heavy, full ear coverage and sound insulation) and a stenographer's notepad, jotting down notes by hand. We can see that the listening station has a dial for switching between 5 different feeds, these being 5 different apartments. there is a small lamp for the Exterminator to write by. A digital readout in the top left corner shows the time as 0200.

NO COPY

Panels 3, 4, 5, 6: small panels showing the Exterminator switching from feed 1 to feed 2 in 3, from 2 to 3 in 4, from 3 to 4 in 5, and from 4 to 5 in 6.
readout in 3: 0212
readout in 4: 0224
readout in 5: 0236
readout in 6: 0248

Panel 7: we see the steno pad. It says:
1: No suspicion, normal activity
2: Some suspicion of media piracy, recommend installation of information tap
3: hints of harboring Bug agents, will investigate further
4: No suspicion, keeping audio for personal perusal
5: High suspicion of harboring agitators, recommend immediate search of apartment

{in}(informative section): If you're familiar with the latest iteration of the Dick Tracy strip, you'll have seen the Crimestopper's Textbook sections (ex. http://www.gocomics.com/dicktracy/2012/08/19). I'd like this section to be reminiscent of something like that, a sort of blurb of information right out of a manual.

Bug-buster Basics:
THE EXTERMINATORS
(picture of an exterminator listening intently at his station, quickly writing down notes)
The Exterminators are Earth's front line of defense at home against the Arachnid menace. As you know, Bug agents, some of them human traitors, can hide anywhere, so we need to be extra-vigilant in tracking down these sleeper cells. The Exterminators do just that, weeding out the termites in the woodwork of our society. As Founding Father Ben Franklin said, "If one is unwilling to enforce the security and protection of their essential liberties, then it is most assured that they shall have neither liberty nor security."

If you'd like to know more about the Exterminators, ask your guidance counselor about joining the Department of Planetary Security, and she should have pamphlets on hand. If not, go down to the local Federation Recruiting Station, and while you're getting your pamphlet, tell the highest-ranking officer you can find that your school is improperly stocked, and they should be able to get everything straightened out.




I thought I'd explore some of the less film-based propaganda avenues of the Starship Troopers world.

3 comments:

  1. Like a few other of the scripts this week, this page touches on some of the areas left untouched by the film.

    I like the atmosphere and tone you've got going on here. It's kind of like The Conversation/Lives of Others in the Troopers universe.

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  2. I like the idea and execution here, but I wonder how it would all look on a single page. I feel like this script would benefit from a little additional reading room, as it feels a little claustrophobic at present. Cool idea though - everyone seems to have wanted a bit more of the conspiracy theory elements the film only hinted at.

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    1. The whole claustrophobic thing was actually what I was going for, there.

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