Friday, May 10, 2013

The Escapist - Rumble In The Bronx - Niel Jacoby

2 page spread: The Escapist, his hands shackled, his feet chained to a comically large metal ball, and his mouth gagged, is looking around at his situation as his blindfold falls off his head. He is in the center of a boxing ring in a Madison Square Garden-esque arena, with a boxer in each corner, each wearing the color of a different crime organization. The arena is full of the members of these crime organization, all wearing their organization's colors. The corners are designated like so:

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The boxer in corner 1, representing the Spicoli family, is practicing his footwork, jabbing at the air. He wears a dark blue outfit.
The boxer in corner 2, representing the Weng Chiang Triads, is stoic, staring down the Escapist. He wears a jade outfit(the color, not the precious stone).
The boxer in corner 3, representing the Staten Island Street Surgeons, is staring into a pocket mirror, doing his hair. He wears a dark red outfit, and has a pair of brass knuckles poking out of his glove.
The boxer in corner 4, representing the Blood Talon death cult, is playing to his crowd, leading a chant of "BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD TALON!" He wears all black, and a mask with a skull design on it.
There is a referee, who is revealed to be the man with the switchblade, but he is obviously not an impartial figure. He is obviously another member of one of the crime families. Perhaps he has a pompadour. He is holding the microphone that has descended from the ceiling.

REF: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MOOKS AND MOLLS, I AM PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS YOUR MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING! THERE WILL BE NO DISQUALIFICATION, NO TIME LIMIT, AND NO STOPPING OF THE MATCH UNTIL THIS DO-GOODER RIGHT HERE IS EITHER DEAD OR THE LAST MAN STANDING IN THE RING!
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PRESENTING THE VICTIM, FROM PARTS UNKNOWN, THE ENIGMATIC, ECCENTRIC, AND TO MOST OF THE BOSSES HERE TONIGHT, SUPREMELY E-NNOYING ESCAPIST!

Caption: SURROUNDED ON ALL SIDES BY MANHATTAN'S MOST BRUTAL CRIMINAL CABALS, ABOUT TO BE SET UPON BY THE MOST POWERFUL PUGILISTS IN PROFESSIONAL PUNCHSPORT, AND WITH HIS LEGS AND FEET BOUND IN THE MOST CAREFULLY CRAFTED DESIGNER LOCKS AND CHAINS.

Caption: IT'S JUST ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT FOR...

Logo: THE ESCAPIST!

Inset panel(left top of spread): Close in on the Escapist as he is looking downward, blindfolded and gagged. The severe lights of the boxing ring should give the false impression he's in an interrogation room. A mobster's switchblade has just cut the blindfold, which has just begin to fall.

3 comments:

  1. An interesting take on the character, and a pretty unique setup visually.

    I really dug the personalities you imbued each fighter with.

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  2. Fun page. You could maybe have written the inset panel description first for the flow of the script.

    Your dialogue & captions are great fun.

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  3. You breathed so much life into each and every boxer. They all felt so fleshed out and full of life. Really well done Niel. The blood talon death cult felt like a pure pulp set up, very inkeeping with the book.

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