Friday, October 5, 2012

Spider Jerusalem - Over 9,000,000,000 Served And Counting - Niel Jacoby

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Panel 1: A TV screen(64:27 aspect ratio, this is the future, man.) shows Mitt Romney, no older-looking than he is now, in front of an american flag, the bottom of the screen at waist height. He's stock-still, his hands at his sides, his eyes soulless and hollow and his face in a sort of heartless smirk. His speech bubble should be square and the text should be in a sort of digital font.

Romney: HELLO, MY FELLOW AMERICANS. I AM MITT ROMNEY, WHO YOU MIGHT KNOW AS AMERICA'S FIRST ANDROID VICE-PRESIDENT.

Panel 2: Romney has raised his arm, gesturing at the camera, but none of his body language has changed.

Romney: THROUGHOUT MY MANY, MANY YEARS, I HAVE BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE CORPORATE RIGHTS MOVEMENT, ASSURING THAT THE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS OF THE WORLD ARE ASSURED ALL THE RIGHTS OF YOU LIVING HUMANS, AND IN MANY CASES MORE.

Panel 3: Both his arms are up now, and his eyebrows are raised, to give the impression of genuine emotion.

Romney: IT IS MY GREAT HONOR TO ENDORSE AMERICA'S FIRST CORPORATE-AMERICAN RUNNING CANDIDATE, NEWS CORP. NEWS CORP. IS A GREAT FRIEND OF MINE, AND I CAN ASSURE YOU, IT KNOWS WHAT IS TRULY BEST FOR AMERICA, AND IT HAS THE COURAGE AND LACK OF CONSCIENCE, ETHICS, OR HUMAN EMPATHY TO MAKE SURE IT GETS DONE.

Panel 4: A full screen of the News Corp. For President campaign logo.

NEWS CORP.
LEADING THE WAY FOR PROSPEROUS AMERICANS
 
Panel 5: Spider is slack-jawed in astonishment, sitting in front of a portable TV in the garden of the country home he retired to at the end of the series. He's regrown some of his hair, but it's not quite back to issue 1 length. A phone is to his ear.
 
Spider: ...CHANNON?
 
Spider: CALL UP YELENA, THERE'S A STORY WE CAN'T MISS. 


4 comments:

  1. Imaginative, well paced and with a killed pay off, very nice page. The opening panel is a truly awesome way to open a page, the dialogue is pitch perfect and sets up the tone for the rest of the piece so well.

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  2. Topical (and equally terrifying).

    The dialogue is spot on and the subject matter makes me think of the documentary/book 'The Corporation' (and Outfoxed come to think of it).

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  3. Neil, that was an amazing script, and a perfect coming-around-full-circle on this week's character. Thanks for closing the week with ths darkly comic piece. Kudos!

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  4. Oh, yeah...that 5th panel was so dead on, I imagined it in Darrick Robertson's pencils in my mind's eye immediately....Sweet....

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