Sunday, October 28, 2012

Why Murder Book?

Because sometimes you want to walk on the dark side of things.

From the Murder Book website:

“Murder book” is a term used by detectives to refer to a case file on a homicide investigation. Murder books typically include crime scene photographs and sketches, autopsy and forensic reports, transcripts of investigator’s notes and witness interviews. They chronicle the life of a case from the time the murder is reported until an arrest is made.

Ed Brisson writes a mean crime story, and he's got a number of crime mini-anthologies to prove it.  While they're named after the detective's tool, his tales are more often than not focused on the other side of the law.  Criminals big and small populate his comics, living out different scenarios of depravity and illicit activities.

If you're looking for some awful intense stories of degeneracy,  crime, and yes, murder, then Murder Book is the comic for you.  There's little uniting these stories beyond their general subject matter and the quality writing and art that goes into each and every one, but that's a big part of the fun.

I'll read pretty much anything as long as it's good (which Murder Book definitely is), but the stories Brisson and company tell are outside of my usual type of writing.  Fortunately, part of what we try to do here at Thought Balloons is to challenge ourselves, so I'm picking something that's outside of my comfort zone.

Did I succeed?  You'll have to tell me.

It's also a nice bit of symmetry after last week's pick, because while most of the stories were self-published, Murder Book also appeared as a backup feature in Near Death #8 through #11.

As always, if you're wanting to throw your hat into the ring this week, you're more than welcome to do so.  If you'd like to play-at-home, feel free to leave your page in the comments here.

And should you be unfamiliar with these brilliant stories, Brisson has kindly put up plenty of his work at the Murder Book website here.



    Murder Book – Rat – Shaun Richens.

    Below is the script I originally wrote for the week, before taking a very different direction with the script I eventually used.

    The below script is a prequel of sorts to my Near Death Script.

    5 PANELS.

    1. A large dark basement, No windows let in any natural light, a single bright bulb hangs in the centre of the room. Blackness covers every inch outside of the light. A blooded and bruised JACK CADDICK (New character) a young rookie in the ranks of the mob is tied to a chair directly under the light. His white vest covered in sweat and blood, his trousers ripped and so dirty they could have been stolen from a hobo. Jacks eyes are half open, forced closed by his black eyes. Sweat and tears cover his face.

    This the prick then?

    2. VITO GACHA walks out of the shadow, and into the light flanked by two heavies, both covered in sweat, there hands show the marks from the beating they gave Jack.

    Yep. He’s the rat.

    3. Vito bends forward so he is face to face with Jack. Jacks head hangs to one side; he doesn’t have the strength to lift his head to face Vito.

    VITO 1:
    So it seems you been running your mouth all over town.
    VITO 2:
    It’s too bad for you I caught up.

    4. Vito slaps Jack hard across the face with the back of his hand.


    5. Vito turns his back on Jack and is facing the two heavies.

    Find out what he’s told this Markham.
    But do it quiet like, I’ve got fucking guests upstairs.

    1. Bonus scripts are boss. As are prequel scripts to previous week's picks. As this is both, you get double points in my books.

      It also helps that this page is a real treat. It starts off seemingly a little slow, but that last line seals the deal. It elevates the whole piece to a whole other level, and I really dig it.

    2. Always great of some bonus points. I was really pleased with the script was wanted to share it even though I went in a different direction for my main script. This script might even actually be better, but my script that goes up on Thursday was just so much fun to write I couldn't not go with it.


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