Friday, October 5, 2012

Spider Jerusalem - The Shakespeare of Profanity - J.D. Coughlan


(Better late than never.)

Panel 1: Wide panel of a stage. There is a large crowd before it, and a speaker at the podium. Spider sits to the side of the podium, somewhat older now (around his early 60s) with his arms folded, looking generally unimpressed.

A banner above the stage says "THE CONNOLLY AWARDS FOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN PROFANITY".

SPEAKER: Ladies and gentlemen, it is a privilege to grant a lifetime achievement award to a man who deployed curse words like strategic missiles in the field of journalism, never one to shy away from a colourful metaphor to decorate his articles...

Panel 2: Close on Spider now, a better look at his disinterest.

SPEAKER (O.P.): A man who once described a peace rally as being "clusterfucked balls-deep by a shitstorm of fascist bastards-of-bitches."

SFX (AUDIENCE, O.P.): (small, indicate it is polite applause) klapklapklapklap

Panel 3: Close on the Speaker. He holds up his hand for silence. He is grinning in anticipation of what is sure to be a great speech from this master of language.

SPEAKER: Truly, his work speaks for itself.

SPEAKER: Without further ado, I shall hand you over to the man himself... Spider Jerusalem!

Panel 4: Spider takes the podium, still looking grim.

SFX (AUDIENCE, O.P.): KLAPKLAPKLAPKLAP

Panel 5: Same as 4, Spider now standing more centrally behind the podium same expression.

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Panel 6: Spider leans towards the microphone. Same expression.

SPIDER: Thanks.

Panel 7: Spider walking off-panel.

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4 comments:

  1. Better late than never indeed! I'm happy to wait a little longer when the end result is something like this guy. Very playful script that highlights both Spider's foulmouth and habit of surprising you. Like many of the scripts up this week, the perfect turn at the end.

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  2. HA!

    ...you had me at "Achievements in Profanity"...

    ...gonna hafta work on mine...

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  3. You worked this page so well, I love how you cleverly got crazy profanity into the page without directly having Spider the speaker of it, it was a very nice change of pace. Also your final 2 panels are great beats to hit and feel bang on tone for the page. Great work.

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  4. Nice page that plays on expectation. Good stuff.

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