Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Kingpin - It's Good To Be The King - Niel Jacoby

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Panel one: A gaunt, skittish drug dealer makes a deal on a Hell's Kitchen street corner.

Caption(Kingpin):
AT THE BASE OF ANY FEUDAL SOCIETY IS THE PEASANTRY. THE PEOPLE WHO TEND THE LAND, FEED THE CATTLE, AND STEP IN THE DUNG.

Caption(Kingpin):A STEP ABOVE THEM ARE VASSALS, WHO OWN POCKETS OF LAND, AND BY EXTENSION, THE PEASANTS WHO WORK THAT LAND.


Panel two: an exterior shot of the Blue Magic Laundromat, the actual laundry room of which is empty.

Caption(Kingpin):  ABOVE THEM ARE THE NOBILITY, YOUR DUKES, EARLS, AND SUCH. THEY OWN LARGER POCKETS OF LAND, BUT THEY'RE STILL JUST POCKETS.

Inset panel: In the back room of the aforementioned laundomat, a well-dressed man with a hefty sidearm doles out packages of white powder to a group of assembled dealers, one of which is the dealer from panel one.

Panel 3: A burly man slowly twists a knife into a wound in the left arm of an unnamed dealer.

Burly man: NEXT TIME YOU'LL HAVE THE MONEY, OR I WORK ON THE ARM YOU DO USE.

Caption(Kingpin): IN BETWEEN THOSE LEVELS ARE KNIGHTS, WHO KEEP THE PEASANTS AND NOBLES IN LINE AND KEEP THE SYSTEM GOING.

Panel 4: Kingpin luxuriating at his desk in a resplendent maroon leather wingback chair, wearing his shining white suit and purple turtleneck. We can see a trembling executive in a cheap off-black suit in front of his desk, in a noticably lower chair.

Caption(Kingpin): AT THE TOP IS THE KING, THE EMPEROR, THE PHARAOH. THE MAN WITH THE ULTIMATE POWER OVER LIFE AND DEATH AS IT APPLIES TO THE EARTHLY REALM.

Caption(Kingpin): MEL BROOKS WAS RIGHT: IT'S GOOD TO BE THE KING.

4 comments:

  1. I like this slow journey deeper into Kingpin's inner sanctum, both literally and figuratively, and his take on his line of work is spot on.

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  2. I like the parallels you draw to medieval society and how you slowly build from the base to the top. It's a good idea and you execute it well.

    However, I feel like you could have done without that piece of dialogue in panel 3. The script works just fine without it and as the only dialogue in the whole thing, I find it a little distracting.

    I'm also not sold on the Mel Brooks line. I agree that you need something for this page to turn on, but it doesn't feel quite right in my eyes.

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  3. I like the metaphor you're going for here and I like the build of the page (or ascension through the ranks as it were) but that last line took the air out of it all.

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  4. Truly awesome idea to draw the parallels that you have, you pulled it with wonderful skill. Like Grant I agree that you could lose that piece of dialogue and the page would be just as strong perhaps even more so.

    Also I kinda dug that last line. I like the idea that Kingpins a Mel Brooks fan, plus the sudden pop culture reference snaps us back to present day for the page turn and the of your story.

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